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Postdoctoral Associate-
Measuring the Digital Economy

Stanford Digital Economy Lab
Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered AI

November 30, 2023

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Full-time Postdoctoral Associate position available fall/winter 2023 for two years

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Stanford, CA

Rolling, with a closing date of April 15, 2024. Strong preference will be given to early applicants.

Job description

Postdoctoral Associate –
Measuring the Digital Economy

The Stanford Digital Economy Lab seeks a Postdoctoral Associate:

The position will have a priority project, led by Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, as well as the opportunity to work with other faculty and PIs on additional topics. This position is co-supervised by Dr. David Nguyen and will focus on the measurement of consumer welfare using massive online choice experiments.
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The digital economy creates both challenges and opportunities for economic measurement. The key challenge associated with it is that many of the digital goods have zero price and are hence excluded from GDP and productivity measures. This project directly measures consumer welfare and the digital economy using massive online choice experiments. Extensions also cover improving the measurement of household production, health, and environmental factors that impact people‚Äôs lives. 

This work has already had a significant policy impact and interest in the popular press. It has been covered in major news outlets worldwide, including the New York Times, Economist, WSJ, Financial Times, BBC, Washington Post, Bloomberg, NPR, and the Guardian. It has also been cited in policy reports by the US White House, Federal Reserve, Senate, and UK Treasury. The research team has also presented this work at BEA, IMF, Bank of England, OECD, and European Commission, among other places. Furthermore, opportunities to collaborate with public and private sector partners are abundant.

In addition to the priority project, the post-doctoral 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 informing policy and practice through other contributions.

Highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience in: 

(1) designing & running economic experiments (preferably by applying stated preference methods);

(2) good knowledge about behavioral economics;

(3) familiarity with and interest in the literature on economics of digitization, innovation, organizational economics, and/or business strategy; 

(4) extensive experience in data processing, data analysis, and econometrics. 

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.

$85,000 annually

Application deadline
Rolling, with a closing date of April 15, 2024. Strong preference will be given to early applicants.

Application instructions
To apply, please complete the application form, which includes a CV, cover letter, the names and email addresses of 3 references (optional), and key papers that demonstrate your research agenda.

About the Stanford Digital Economy Lab: 
We bring 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 digitization.

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

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.

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