SCRANTON — Susan Athey, Ph.D., the Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will discuss “The Internet and the News Media” at The University of Scranton’s Henry George Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Athey teaches about the economics of the Internet and digital markets, platform markets, and Internet search. Her current research focuses on the economics of the Internet, marketplace design, auction theory, the statistical analysis of auction data, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning.
An advisor to governments and businesses on the design of auction-based marketplaces, Athey has served as a consultant for Microsoft Corporation since 2007, including a period as chief economist.
In 2007, she received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to “that American economist under the age of 40 who is adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.
Athey received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation from 1995 to 2008, including a prestigious Career Development award. She was elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society in 2004 and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The recipient of the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship for 2000-2002, she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science at Stanford in 2004-2005 and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2000-2001. In 2000, she received the Elaine Bennett research award, given to an outstanding young woman in any field of economics.
The Henry George Lecture Series is organized by the Economics and Finance Department at The University of Scranton and the campus chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society for economics. The series is funded by a grant from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, which was established in 1925 to propagate the ideas of the 19th century economist and social reformer Henry George as set forth in his book “Progress and Poverty” and other works.
For more information, contact The University of Scranton, Department of Economics and Finance at 570-941-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.