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Alejandro Zentner
Associate Professor-Management
Office MailstopMail Box: SM31, Room No.: SOM3206 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-5966    URL Alejandro's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.EconomicsUniversity of Chicago2005
 M.A.EconomicsUniversity of Chicago2001
 M.A.EconomicsUniversidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina1999
 B.A.EconomicsUniversidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina1997
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  YearPublication  Type

Online Sales, Internet Use, File Sharing, and the Decline of Retail Music Specialty Stores. Information Economics and Policy. 2007

Category: Information Economics and Policy
Peer reviewed
Measuring the Effect of Music Downloads on Music Purchases. The Journal of Law and Economics. (2006): 63-90.
Category: The Journal of Law and Economics
Peer reviewed
File Sharing and International Sales of Copyrighted Music: An Empirtical Analysis with a Panel of Countries. Berkeley Electronics, Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy. 5.1. (2005): Reprinted in the Special Collection on Law and Economics, May 2007.
Category: Berkeley Electronics, Topics in Economic Analysis ...
Peer reviewed
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2002-2004Research Assistant/ Teaching Assistant  University of Chicago
1998-1999Teaching Assistant  Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
1997-2000Ministry of Economy of Argentina  Advisor to the Secretary of Political Economy
1996-1997Instituto Argentino de Ejecutivos de Finanzas  Research Department
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 Additional Information
  • Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation, "Online Sales, Music Downloads, and the Decline in Music Specialty Stores", 2006
  • Henry Morgenthau Jr. Memorial Fund Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • University of Chicago, Fellowship Award, 2002-2004
  • Central Bank of Argentina, Fellowship Award, 2000-2001


In my main line of research I have studied the effects of file sharing on industries producing digital goods, including music, movies, and software. During the last few years I have presented my work on file sharing and intellectual property rights at several conferences and universities. I have been able to published two articles on this topic, and another article is being considered for publication. My work on this area has been widely cited by other scholars. This research is important because file sharing may eventually undermine intellectual property rights for digital goods and result in diminished artistic creations or fewer innovations.

I am also working on other research areas. In collaboration with Professor Stan Liebowitz, I am studying whether internet use reduces television watching. In collaboration with Professor Octavian Carare, I am studying whether new television shows steal viewers fromother television stations, or whether they increase the aggregate number of viewers. In collaboration with Joaquin Zentner, I am studying whether the entry of new theaters steals customers from incumbent theaters or whether it increases aggregate movie attendance.

At UTD I have taught eight courses — including the courses I am teaching the current semester - having had a total of 326 students. All of my courses have been at the graduate level. I have taught several sections of Business Economics (MECO 6303) which is a course designed for MBA and master students, Business Forecasting and Time Series Analysis (MECO 6312) which is also a course designed for MBA and master students, and Econometrics which is a course designed for PhD students.

I have provided service to the profession by acting as a referee for several of the top joumals in Economics, such as the American Economic Review, Berkeley Electronic, CESifo Economic Studies, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Political Economy, and Management Science. I have provided service to the School of Management by being part of the faculty recruiting committee in 2005-2006, and by being a member of the Facilities Committee. I have provided service to the University by acting as an Outside Chair.

Research Presentations

Southern Economic Association Conference (South Carolina, Session on File Sharing), SERCI Conference (Singapore), University of Pennsylvania (Law School, File SharingSymposium), University of Munich (Workshop on the Economics of Information and Network Industries), University of Chicago, University of Texas at Dallas, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Universidad Pompeu F abra (Barcelona), NERA (New York), Charles River Associates (Boston), LECG (Madrid), ITAM (Mexico), Universidad de San Andres (Argentina), Universidad de La Plata (Argentina)


American Economic Review, Berkeley Electronic, CESifo Economic Studies, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Joumal of Political Economy, Management Science
UTD Managerial Economics Recruiting Committee, 2005-2006
Outside Chair: Renee Steiner, PhD in Software Engineering, 2006
School of Management Facilities Committee.

Professional Recognitions and Honors
  • Scholarship Award, 2000-2001, Central Bank of Argentina
  • Fellowship Award, 2002-2004, University of Chicago, Department of Economics
  • Henry Morgenthau Jr. Memorial Fund Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005, University of Chicago

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