Erik Brynjolfsson


Schussel Family Professor of Management Science
Professor of Information Technology
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business

 

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at the 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. He has also taught at Stanford University and Harvard University.

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. Recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents, Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals. His papers can be found at http://digital.mit.edu/erik

He is the author of several books including, with coauthor 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 (forthcoming, June 2017). Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals as well as the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Brynjolfsson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences, and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics. 


Faculty Media

  • The Robots Want To Steal (The Boring Parts Of) Your Job

    According to Erik Brynjolfsson, mass job replacement isn't here. What is imminent is the replacement of parts of jobs through AI but also through robotics.


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  • The Key to Growth? Race with the Machines

    As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a...


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  • Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence

    Erik Brynjolfsson weighs in on the American AI Initiative.


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  • Wall Street Edge: Why CEOs Are Overpaid

    Why CEOs and senior executives should be evaluated on how they successfully navigate companies through upcoming dynamic technological changes.


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  • Debating the 70% Tax on the Rich

    Erik Brynjolfsson weighs in on the proposed "Millionaire Tax"


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  • Will Blockchain Transform Emerging Markets?

    Erik weighs in with other experts on whether blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets.


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  • Can Industry Self-Regulation Impact Climate Change?

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Scott Stern, and others weigh in.


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  • Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson: Machine, Platform, Crowd

    Andrew McAfee ​and ​Erik Brynjolfsson are co-authors of the new book “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future,” being hailed as “a must-read road map” for success in the digital...


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  • Five Questions for Erik Brynjolfsson

    The MIT economist who foresaw the swift rise of artificial intelligence talks about how it can be made to work for humans, not push them aside.


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  • WATCH: Building Skills For An Inclusive Economy

    Join the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), along with Eric Schmidt and Robert DeLeo, for “Building Skills for an Inclusive Economy”, a panel highlighting how technology can close the...


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Contact Information

Office: E62-414
Phone: (617) 253-4319
Fax: (617) 258-7579
Email: erikb@mit.edu
Website: http://digital.mit.edu/erik/
Support Staff
Name: Naomi Stephen
Phone: 617-324-7328

Teaches In

Digital Business Strategy: Harnessing Our Digital Future (self-paced online) Apr 24-Jun 11, 2019 | Jun 26-Aug 13, 2019 | Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 | Sep 25-Nov 12, 2019 | Nov 27, 2019-Jan 28, 2020

Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application (self-paced online) Apr 24-Jun 11, 2019 | May 29-Jul 16, 2019 | Jul 3-Aug 20, 2019 | Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 | Oct 2-Nov 19, 2019 | Nov 6, 2019-Jan 7, 2020

Machine Learning: Implementation in Business (self-paced online) Jun 19-Aug 6, 2019 | Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 | Sep 18-Nov 5, 2019 | Oct 30-Dec 17, 2019