Stanford University


Full-Time Postdoc —
AI and the Economics of Aging Populations

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Stanford Digital Economy Lab
Stanford Center for Longevity

August 8, 2023

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The Stanford Digital Economy Lab (DEL) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to study ​​AI and the economic implications of aging populations in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Longevity (SCL). This is a dual Fellowship between DEL and SCL’s New Map of Life Initiative.

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Stanford Digital Economy Lab
Stanford Center for Longevity (New Map of Life)

Stanford, CA

Preferred start date
Full-time position available fall 2023 for one to two years. Preferred start date: September/October 2023

Job description

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Stanford Digital Economy Lab seeks a Postdoc to study ​​AI and the economic implications of aging populations in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Longevity (SCL).

The position will have priority projects, led by Professor Brynjolfsson, as well as the opportunity to work with other faculty, fellows, and PIs on additional topics. We will explore the economic implications of shifting population demographics (especially with regard to aging, AI technology and the workforce); create and test large-scale, AI-powered macroeconomic simulations; and analyze data from retired populations for potential economic policy scenario planning. One project could look at the motivations and time use of people, such as retirees, who no longer need to work for money, and draw lessons for a world with less need for human labor.

In addition to the priority projects, the postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to work with other researchers at Stanford. High-level topic areas include: the effects of technology on skills and wages, mega-scale digital experimentation, platform business model economics and governance, behavioral economics, social prediction, and others. Our research projects balance rigor and relevance, aiming to produce papers for top academic journals while also informing policy and practice through other contributions.


Highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience as follows;

  1. Deep experience with building and calibrating complex agent-based models. 
  2. Experience in econometrics, tax policy, or discrete time macroeconomics.
  3. Experience in reinforcement learning/AI applications in economics preferred.
  4. Experience with research in economics of aging is preferred.
  5. Experience with Overlapping Generations (OLG) Models preferred.

Must be able to work well with academics and industry executives alike. English language skills (verbal and written) must be strong. PhD in a Management Science or Economics field with the Doctorate conferred prior to start date.

$80,000 per year

To apply  
To apply, please complete the application form, which includes a CV, cover letter, the names and email addresses for three references (optional), and key papers that demonstrate your research agenda.

Application deadline
Rolling until filled.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About us

About the Stanford Digital Economy Lab
The Stanford Digital Economy Lab brings together an interdisciplinary group of passionate researchers to study how digital technologies are transforming work, organizations, and the economy. Our insights are helping companies, policymakers, students, and professionals rise to the challenges and opportunities created by AI and digitization. We believe in the power of human work and that augmenting human capabilities with machine capabilities will lead to the most profitable gains for everyone.

The Lab is part of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and is co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

About the Stanford Center for Longevity
SCL advances a research-driven agenda that showcases the opportunities created by increased longevity, identifying actionable, evidence-based steps for enhancing the quality of our longer lives from birth until death. We demonstrate the economic value of early- and mid-life interventions—underscoring the immense benefits of acting early and investing strategically. We also address longstanding race- and class- based disparities in healthcare, education, housing, and other social goods that hinder opportunities for all Americans to experience longer, healthier lives.

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