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


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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AI Adoption in America: Who, What, and Where

A team of experts, including researchers from Stanford Digital Economy Lab, studied the early adoption and diffusion of five AI-related technologies—automated-guided vehicles, machine learning, machine vision, natural language processing, and voice recognition—as documented in the 2018 Annual Business Survey of 850,000 firms across the United States. Discover what they learned.

The Evolution of Working from Home

Nicholas Bloom is among a group of researchers tracking the evolution of remote work, which was exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Generative AI at Work

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined how introducing generative AI into the workflow at a call center of nearly 5,000 workers boosted productivity.

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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