Erik Brynjolfsson


Erik Brynjolfsson


Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, Research Associate at the NBER, and Chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, Internet commerce, pricing models and intangible assets. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab.

Professor Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles.  His research also provided the first quantification of the value of online product variety, often known as the “Long Tail” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods.  His recent work examines the social networks revealed by digital information flows, such as email traffic, and their relationships to information worker productivity. Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management and science journals.  It has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents.

Brynjolfsson is the author or co-editor of several books including The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies; Race Against the Machine; Wired for Innovation: How IT is Reshaping the Economy, and Understanding the Digital Economy: Data Tools and Research. He is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network andhas served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals as well as Time magazine's Board of Economists and the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Professor Brynjolfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics. He has also taught at Harvard and Stanford.

Professor Brynjolfsson's research and teaching focuses on three questions:



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