Professor Susan Carleton Athey

Professor Susan Carleton Athey is the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University (Economics, Computer Science, and Mathematics) and her Ph.D. (in Economics) from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University.

She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford, and Harvard and she has delivered several distinguished lectures (as invited keynote speaker).

She has earned several honors and awards, amongst which is an elected member of the National Academy of Science (of the USA) and is the recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contributions to thought and knowledge. Besides academic and scholar awards, she also earned non-academic honors for her professional, collaboration, and business activity, amongst which by the Microsoft Corporation.

As one of the first “tech economists,” she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years and has served on the boards of multiple private and public technology firms. She also served as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system. She was a founding associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and she is the founding director of the Golub Capital Social Impact Labopen in a new window at Stanford GSB.

In 2022, she took leave from Stanford to serve as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. 

Professor Athey is the 2023 President of the American Economic Association, where she previously served as Vice President and Elected Member of the Executive Committee.

Prof. Susan Athey’s current research focuses on the economics of digitization, marketplace design, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. She has worked on several application areas, including timber auctions, internet search, online advertising, the news media, and the application of digital technology to social impact applications. She has published over 240 scientific documents and her research enjoys a high impact, which according to the Google Scholar database exceeds 35,000 citations.

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