Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ‘91


MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Symposium Roles
Speaker/Panelist 2017, 2016, 2015
Panels Participated in
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 NBER. 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.

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, NYTimes 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 (forthcoming, June 2017), Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees Harvard and a PhD from MIT. His papers can be found at

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