Brynjolfsson's research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. He 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, often known as the “Long Tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. Appearing in leading economics, management, and science journals, his research has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents. 

Author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NYTimes 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 an editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard and a PhD from MIT. His papers can be found at

The Future of Prediction: How Google Searches Foreshadow Housing Prices and Sales


Published August 30, 2013

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT

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