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Pricing and Revenue Optimization
Second Edition
Robert L. Phillips


April 2021
472 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9781503610002

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This book offers the first introduction to the concepts, theories, and applications of pricing and revenue optimization. From the initial success of "yield management" in the commercial airline industry down to more recent successes of markdown management and dynamic pricing, the application of mathematical analysis to optimize pricing has become increasingly important across many different industries. But, since pricing and revenue optimization has involved the use of sophisticated mathematical techniques, the topic has remained largely inaccessible to students and the typical manager. With methods proven in the MBA courses taught by the author at Columbia and Stanford Business Schools, this book presents the basic concepts of pricing and revenue optimization in a form accessible to MBA students, MS students, and advanced undergraduates. In addition, managers will find the practical approach to the issue of pricing and revenue optimization invaluable.

With updates to every chapter, this second edition covers topics such as estimation of price-response functions and machine-learning-based price optimization. New discussions of applications of dynamic pricing and revenue management by companies such as Amazon, Uber, and Disney, and in industries such as sports, theater, and electric power, are also included. In addition, the book provides current coverage of important applications such as revenue management, markdown management, customized pricing, and the behavioral economics of pricing.

About the author

Robert L. Phillips is Director of Pricing Science at Amazon. He was previously Director of Marketplace Optimization Data Science at Uber Technologies, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School, Founder and Chief Science Officer at Nomis Solutions, and CEO of Talus Solutions. He is the author of Pricing Credit Products (Stanford, 2018) and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Pricing Management (2014).

"This book is a must-read for students and practitioners of pricing modeling, offering a clear guide on where and how to apply which pricing model framework. With the updates made to the 2nd edition, its comprehensiveness in covering the pricing modeling topic is second to none!"

—Wei Ke, Managing Partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners

"Benefiting from Bob's rich industry experience and superb writing skills, this book exposes the reader to a host of real-world applications that blend modelling, optimization, and machine learning in a gentle and accessible way. Describing new developments in e-commerce, ride sharing and reinforced learning, this is a must-read book for students and professionals in the field."

—Guillermo Gallego, Crown Worldwide Professor of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Bob Phillips is one of the world's experts on quantitative pricing. This unique book translates state-of-the-art academic research into practical managerial lessons. Covering a wide range of industries that go from revenue management classics such as hotels and airlines all the way to modern e-commerce and ride-sharing platforms, this book is a must have for every pricing manager."

—Gabriel Weintraub, Stanford Graduate School of Business