Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ‘91


MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Symposium Roles
Speaker/Panelist 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Panels Participated in
The Future of Work in a World of AI, ML, and Automation (2018)
Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (2017)
How the On-Demand/Gig Economy is Redefining the Future of Work (2016)
The Impact of Automation (2015)

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab.

Prof. Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research provided the first quantification of online product variety value, known as the “long tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods.

Author of several books — including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, the New York Times best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (2014) and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (2017), Prof. Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees Harvard and a PhD from MIT. His papers can be found at

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