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Susan Athey

Economics of Technology Professor; senior fellow, SIEPR


(650) 725-1813



Susan Athey is the Economics of Technology Professor in the Graduate School of  Business and co-director of the Digital Business: Data, Decisions & Platform Strategy Initiative.

Her research is in the areas of industrial organization, microeconomic theory and applied econometrics. Her current research focuses on the design of auction-based marketplaces and the economics of the internet, primarily on online advertising and the economics of the news media. She has also studied dynamic mechanisms and games with incomplete information, comparative statics under uncertainty and econometric methods for analyzing auction models.

Research interests:

  • Economics of the internet
  • Economics of the news media
  • Platform markets
  • Online advertising
  • Internet search
  • Econometrics and machine learning
  • Big data
  • Math-based currency
  • Industrial organization