I am a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley, where I study the interaction between computer networks and economic incentives. To understand how modern network industries differ from more traditional ones, I create game-theoretic modeling frameworks that incorporate network topology as a critical input. I am especially interested in applying these to contemporary policy debates, including digital content distribution, future internet architectures, and net neutrality.
I completed my dissertation at Berkeley's School of Information on the topic of innovation in the internet architecture. My disseration was supervised by John Chuang, Hal Varian, and Scott Shenker. Pamela Samuelson, Suzanne Scotchmer, and Deirdre Mulligan also served as my committee members and advisors.
Before coming to Berkeley, I was lead developer for Project INDIGO, which stands for Information Diffusion and Growth. This project was started by Marshall Van Alstyne of the University of Michigan's School of Information as a tool for the development and communication of information models. In the last years, the tool has grown into a general development environment for agent-based simulations.
I occasionally update my blog, The Network Economist, which aims to bring issues at the intersection of network economics, research, and policy to a wider audience.
P. Laskowski, P. Ferreira. Analyzing the Graph Structure of Supply Chains. 2013 working paper.
P. Laskowski, P. Ferreira. A General Supply Chain Framework with Application to the Network Neutrality Debate. Industry Studies Association Conference, May 2013. (Abstract reviewed)
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. The Economics of Virtualized Networks. 2011 working paper.
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Innovations and Upgrades in Virtualized Network Architectures. In Proceedings of NetEcon, October 2010. [pdf]
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. A Leap of Faith? From Large-Scale Testbed to the Global Internet. 37th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, September 2009. (Abstract reviewed) [pdf]
P. Laskowski, J. Ubois, D. Marvit, J. Chuang. Discovering Digital Content in the Age of Peer-to-Peer. In Proceedings of NetEcon, July 2009. [pdf]
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Empowering Users to Break the Internet Impasse. Workshop on the Economics of Securing the Information Infrastructure, 2009. (By invitation)
P. Laskowski, B. Johnson, J. Chuang. User-Directed Routing: From Theory, Towards Practice. In Proceedings of NetEcon, August 2008. [pdf]
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Network Monitors and Contracting Systems: Competition and Innovation. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM, September 2006. [pdf]
P. Laskowski, J. Chuang. Antitrust Scrutiny of Price-Fixing Clauses in Patent Licenses. 2005 working paper. [pdf]
P. Dollar, P. Laskowski, and M. Van Alstyne. Simulating Information Growth and Diffusion in Agent Societies. In Proceedings of the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems Conference, 2002, Carnegie Mellon University, Day 2, pp. 97-103.