Stanford University

We pursue a deeper understanding of the digital economy and its impact on the future of work and society.

Exploring the Future of Work in California

We collaborated with California 100 and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research to examine how automation and other trends are shaping the future of work in California.

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Our research is helping companies, policymakers, students, and professionals rise to the challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Leading the way

The Lab is directed by Erik Brynjolfsson, whose research focuses on the economic implications of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. One of the most cited authors on the economics of information, Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles.


Recent papers + articles

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Using Donald Trump’s COVID-19 Vaccine Endorsement to Give Public Health a Shot in the Arm: A Large-Scale Ad Experiment

A team of researchers, including Stanford’s Brad Larsen, performed a large-scale randomized controlled trial to assess whether the partisan cue of a pro-vaccine message from Donald Trump would induce Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Seeing What Others Miss: A Competition Network Lens on Product Innovation

Stanford’s Riitta Katila and Sruthi Thatchenkery explore how the way a firm views its competitors affects its performance.

Estimating Experienced Racial Segregation in US Cities Using Large-Scale GPS Data

Four Stanford researchers, including S-DEL affiliated faculty Susan Athey and Matthew Gentzkow, utilized GPS data collected from mobile phones to measure segregation and experienced isolation by race.

Our mission is to advance our collective understanding of the digital economy in order to build a tech-driven economy that benefits everyone.

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