Karen Xie

Associate Professor


Karen Xie is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the School of Business, University of Connecticut. Her research centers on algorithms and AI, platform economics, and market design, which has been published in Management Science and other premier operations and information management journals. Karen’s work has garnered Best Paper Awards from CIST and ICIS and highly competitive funding from Zillow, Meta (Facebook), Marketing Science Institute, NET Institute, and Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative.

Especially notable is her series of work on Airbnb, which advised government agencies such as the Denver City Council to pass game-changing legislation on short-term rentals in 2016. Her expert opinion is frequently featured in popular press venues, including the New York Times, Forbes, NBC News, and Chicago Tribune. She herself is an entrepreneur and co-founder of HomeLab Technologies (an algorithm-driven vacation rental investment company) and oversees a multi-million portfolio that is fast-growing in niche destinations across North America.

A curriculum innovator, Karen has developed courses at graduate and undergraduate levels and was a founding faculty of the Revenue Management & Analytics concentration at DU. She is a tireless advisor to student consulting projects at UConn, serving local and global partners such as LEGO and Bastion Health. Together, these programs have placed hundreds of students in data analyst and project manager positions.

Outside of work, Karen is a ski enthusiast. In winter, she is often found on double-diamond ski runs of North America’s epic mountains. A multicultural observer, Karen holds a Ph.D. from Temple University Fox School of Business, an M.Phil from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a Bachelor from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Prior to pursuing her academic career, Karen was an analyst at Accenture, an IT management consulting firm. (LinkedIn)

Areas of Work

Algorithms and AI | Platform Economics | Market Design

Recent Publications

“Quality differentiation and matching in peer-to-peer markets: Evidence from Airbnb Plus” (with Hongchang Wang, Benjamin Williams, & Wei Chen) Management Science (2023)

“Regulating professional players in peer-to-peer markets: Evidence from Airbnb” (with Wei Chen & Zaiyan Wei) Management Science (2022), 69(5), 2547-3155

“The battle for homes: How does home sharing disrupt local residential markets?” (with Wei Chen & Zaiyan Wei) Management Science (2022), 68(12), 8515-9218

How incumbents beat disruption? Evidence from hotel responses to home sharing” (with Jianwei Liu, Wei Chen, Yong Liu, & Yunlong Sun) Production and Operations Management (2023), 32(9), 2758-2774

Featured Media Quotes

New York Times, “Airbnb announces a permanent ban on parties” Jun 20, 2022

New York Times, “Airbnb reveals falling revenue, with travel hit by pandemic” Nov 16, 2020

New York Times, “Airbnb fights its ‘Party House Problem’ Oct 27, 2020

Forbes, “How Airbnb hosts can survive the great reservation cancellation” May 12, 2020


OPIM 5603. Statistics in Business Analytics

OPIM 5770. Advanced Project Management (Capstone)

OPIM 5501. Visual Analytics

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