Zhaoxin Pu, M.Sc.

Doctoral Student and Junior Research Fellow

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-578

Areas of Interest:

Economics of Innovation, Industrial Organisation, Organizational Economics, Empirical Methods

Academic Résumé

Since 10/2015
Junior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)
Doctoral Candidate at the LMU Munich Graduate School of Economics, Graduate Programme ‘Evidence-Based Economics’

09/2012 - 08/2015
Economic Analyst, NERA Economic Consulting, London

09/2011 - 06/2012
Master Studies in Economics (M.Sc.), London School of Economics and Political Science

09/2010 - 06/2011
Consultant and Carlo-Schmid Fellow, International Trade Centre (UN/WTO), Market Research and Analysis, Geneva

07/2008 - 06/2009
Work Experience as Teaching Assistant and Student Research Assistant at the University of Mannheim and as an Intern at Allianz / Dresdner Bank Economic Research

09/2007 - 08/2010
Bachelor Studies in Economics (B.Sc.), University of Mannheim and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Milan

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships

2011 - 2012
Haniel Scholarship from Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Haniel Foundation for Graduate Studies at the LSE

2010 - 2011
Carlo Schmid Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes for a Traineeship at the International Trade Center

2008 - 2012
Scholarship by the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

2008 - 2009
Scholarship by the University of Mannheim and Dean's List


Discussion Papers

Gaessler, Fabian; Pu, Zhaoxin (2018). Openness as Platform Strategy - Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Crowdfunding, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper, No. 18-05. DOI

  • A platform's decision to open up its marketplace is at the core of its business strategy. It needs to balance between the benefits of market thickness and the costs of potential congestion and quality concerns. We discuss how openness can increase platform value and test our hypotheses by analyzing the strategic decision of a leading crowdfunding platform to switch from access control to de facto openness. The decision increased market thickness on the previously access-controlled supply side of crowdfunding projects. The platform hereby gained market share from its main competitor. Market matches on the platform increased in absolute but not in relative terms. Moreover, quality on the supply side declined immediately, lowering platform value for demand-side users.
  • Available at SSRN

Pu, Zhaoxin (2015). Abhängigkeit der Pflegeversicherungsausgaben von der Entwicklung der Pflegewahrscheinlichkeiten, meaStudies, 12. Mannheim: MEA, Mannheim Research Institute for Economics of Aging.


The Unintended Effects of Intended Effects of Trade Liberalization on the Sources of Learning
MPI Junior Researcher Workshop 'From Science to Innovation'
Location: Munich

Openness as Platform Strategy - Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Crowdfunding
Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SEI) Doctoral Consortium
Location: Munich

28. - 30.06.2018
Openness as Platform Strategy - Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Crowdfunding
2nd EBE Summer Meeting
Location: Ammersee