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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson


Erik Brynjolfsson is one of the foremost experts on the digital economy in the world.

Erik Brynjolfsson’s research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. A best-selling author, he writes and speaks to global audiences about these topics.

Erik is the director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab and the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), He also serves as the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), professor by courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

“AI won’t replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t.”

Erik Brynjolfsson

One of the most-cited authors on the economics of information, Erik was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. He has done pioneering research on digital commerce, the Long Tail, bundling and pricing models, intangible assets, and the effects of IT on business strategy, productivity, and performance.

Erik speaks globally and is the author of nine books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. He has authored more than 100 academic articles and holds five patents. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a Ph.D. from MIT in managerial economics.


  • Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI
  • Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic and Policy Research
  • Professor, by courtesy, Department of Economics
  • Professor, by courtesy, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Looking Forward: AI in 2022

Stanford Digital Economy Lab Director Erik Brynjolfsson and other Stanford HAI researchers talk about possible trends in artificial intelligence in the coming year.

Christie Ko

Christie Ko

Executive Director

Christie Ko is the executive director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.

Prior to joining Stanford, she was associate director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. Christie also served as the head of Member Services for the MIT Energy Initiative, where she worked closely with corporations, foundations, and individuals to support research, symposia, events, and educational programs. During her time at MITEI, she also ramped up a multi-disciplinary Energy Studies Minor and piloted an internship program.

Christie received a BA in literature from Boston University and an MS in writing and cultural politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Susan Young

Susan Young

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Susan Young is director of strategic initiatives of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.

Prior to joining Stanford, she was assistant director of workforce learning at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, where she led membership development and community building, managed its research grant program, and supported program development and research activities. Susan also served as assistant director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), where she managed the Analytics Lab action learning course, developed special projects, and supported strategic development of the Initiative. During her time at IDE, she was producer of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, where she managed partnerships with collaborators and local teams responsible for implementing the program at a regional level across the globe.

Susan holds an MA in international relations from New York University and a BA in political science from the University of Chicago.


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