King Center on Global Development
The Economics of Technology Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Susan Athey is the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her current research focuses on incentives in organizations and marketplaces, economics of digitization, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. She has worked on several application areas, including health technology, timber auctions, internet search, online advertising, the news media, and the application of digital technology for social impact. As one of the first “tech economists,” she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years, and now serves on the boards of Expedia, Lending Club, Rover, Turo, and Ripple, as well as non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action. She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system. She is the founding director of the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Stanford GSB, and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Athey received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.