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Susan Athey is Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University.

She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard. In 2007, Professor Athey received 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.

Professor Athey’s current research focuses on the economics of the internet, marketplace design, and the intersection of computer science, machine learning and economics. Recently she has been working on internet search, online advertising and the news media, and virtual currencies. She advises governments and businesses on the design of auction-based marketplaces, notably serving since 2007 as a long-term consultant to Microsoft Corporation in a variety of roles, including chief economist.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Ripple Labs, a financial services technology startup.

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