Luohan Academy


Personalborn in 1962 in the United States.

EducationPh.D. Managerial Economics at Harvard University.

Academy AppointmentsDirector of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab at the Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also holds appointments at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Stanford Department of Economics and is a member of the Luohan Academy Academic Committee (2020-present).

Prior appointmentsSchussel Family Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School (2001-2020). Visiting Professor at the Stanford University (2018-2019). Marvin Bower Fellow, Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School (2004 -2005).

Research field

One of the most-cited authors on the economics of information, Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. He has done pioneering research on digital commerce, the Long Tail, bundling and pricing models, intangible assets and the effects of IT on business strategy, productivity and performance. Brynjolfsson speaks globally and is the author of nine books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future as well as over 100 academic articles and five patents. He holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics. His papers can be found at

Erik Brynjolfsson