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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is an American academic writer, economist, speaker, and professor.


Erik Brynjolfsson is an American economist, and is often referenced as "one of the most-cited authors on the economics of information." He is known primarily for his research on the digital economy. He researches, writes, and speaks extensively on the impacts of information technology as it relates to productivity. He is a speaker on these topics, as well as, a Professor. Brynolfsson taught and conducted research at MIT for twenty years (1999-2020) and he served as the director of MIT Center for Digital Business and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, (2014-2020). Additionally, he has been a professor at Standford University since 2020, though prior to his appointment he had been a guest professor and speaker at the university on many occasions.

Brynjolfsson holds a number of academic and administrative positions:

  • Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor
  • Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI)
  • Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab
  • 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
  • Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • Director of MIT Center for Digital Business

Erik Bryjolfsson is the author of over one hundred academic publications and nine books, including his best seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, which was co-written with Andrew McAfee and first published in 2014. He is well known for his writings and his reasearch on economics, information technology, productivity and intangible assets.

Brynjolfsson Studied at Harvard University, receiving a Bachelors and a Masters degree in applied mathematics and decision sciences. He also holds a PhD in managerial economics from MIT.


December 7, 2021
Erik Brynjolfsson joins Stanford faculty.
Brynjolfson co-founds MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

He serves as director of IDE until 2020.

January 1, 1962
Erik Brynjolfsson was born in Roskilde.


Further Resources


Bloomberg - Are you a robot?


Erik Brynjolfsson


Erik Brynjolfsson: Economics of AI, Social Networks, and Technology | Lex Fridman Podcast #141


November 25, 2020

Erik Brynjolfsson's Profile | Stanford Profiles



Ashley Smith
December 10, 2020
New research from a team of scientists at four leading universities has shed new light on the effectiveness of social advertising in specific product categories to learn which product categories tend to benefit more from social advertising, and which may not.
February 11, 2019
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. The plan, called the American AI Initiative, follows big investment pledges from China and other countries intended to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care. The White House plan that Trump signed Monday doesn't include any funding details. The administration says it's up to Congress to appropriate money. That lack of specifics is troubling to AI experts such as Erik Brynjolfsson, a management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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