Pioneering Tech Economist, Stanford’s Susan Athey, Addresses Aspen Forum August 19

Pioneering Tech Economist, Stanford’s Susan Athey, Addresses Aspen Forum August 19

WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and tech sector luminary, will deliver a keynote address at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum, held August 18-20 at the St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

Professor Athey will address TPI’s annual gathering of government, corporate and academic tech policy experts on Monday, August 19, at 8am MDT. Additional keynoters already announced include Makan Delrahim, the DOJ’s assistant attorney general for antitrust, and Jaron Lanier, the best-selling author and father of virtual reality.

Recognized globally as one of the first “tech economists,” Professor Athey was consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years. She serves on the boards of Expedia, Lending Club, Rover, Turo, and Ripple, as well as the non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action. She also advises governments and businesses on marketplace design and platform economics.

Athey is director of the Shared Prosperity and Innovation Initiative at Stanford GSB, and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard.

Professor 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 internet search, online advertising, the news media, and the application of digital technology to social impact applications.

In 2007, Professor Athey was the first woman to receive the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to “that American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” She was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2012 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Athey was a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. She served as an elected member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association, the Council of the Econometric Society, and the Council of the Game Theory Society. She has served as co-editor of American Economic Journals: Microeconomics and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and as an associate editor of several leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Theoretical Economics, Econometrica, and the RAND Journal of Economics, as well as the National Science Foundation economics panel.

She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system.

Register today to hear keynotes, attend panels and discuss important tech policy issues at TPI’s Aspen Forum. Registration fees increase on August 5.


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