Peter Coles

Peter Coles is the Head Policy Economist at Airbnb. Previously he was Head Economist and Director of Global Strategy at eBay, and before that Peter was a professor at Harvard Business School in the Negotiation, Organizations and Markets group.

Peter’s research interests are in the field of Market Design, with an emphasis on electronic marketplaces. He has written several papers related to reducing frictions in labor markets, and he helped design the Signaling Mechanism currently in use by the American Economic Association. Peter has also written numerous Harvard case studies on marketplaces and marketplace strategy. These include cases on prediction markets at Google, platform strategy at Microsoft’s adCenter, monetization at Zillow, pricing at TheLadders, and others.

Peter received his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University and his PhD in economics from Stanford University.