Susan Athey is the Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. In 2007, Professor Athey received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to “that American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” She was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2012 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Professor Athey’s research focuses on the economics of digitization, online advertising, the news media, marketplace design, financial technology, and the intersection of computer science, machine learning, and economics. At Stanford, she is associate director of Stanford’s Human Centered Artificial Intelligence initiative, and the founding faculty director of the Initiative on Shared Prosperity and Innovation. She advises governments and businesses on marketplace design and platform economics, including several years as consulting chief economist for Microsoft, and now serves on the boards of directors of Lending Club, Expedia, Rover, Turo, and Ripple.
Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business