Catherine E. Tucker

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management
Catherine E. Tucker


Ph.D., economics, Stanford University

Summary of Experience

Professor Tucker is an industrial organization economist whose research spans the fields of technology, health care, real estate, and media and advertising. A particular focus of her work is on the role of data and digitization on competition and consumer behavior. Professor Tucker has deep experience as an expert witness in a variety of cases spanning antitrust and competition, intellectual property, data and data privacy, online advertising, and digital platforms. She has assessed market definition, competitive effects, liability, and class certification issues in matters involving pharmaceuticals, health insurance, consumer goods, sports and entertainment, energy, and consumer electronics, among other industries. She has testified about the effects of data, privacy, and algorithms before Congress, and has presented her work to agencies and organizations such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Professor Tucker has published widely on innovation and technology diffusion; online advertising, customer heterogeneity, and algorithms; privacy regulation; network effects; and the economics of social networks. At the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), she serves as a research associate, focusing on privacy; a principal investigator on the Project on the Economics of Digitization; and a co-organizer of the Economics of Artificial Intelligence initiative, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Professor Tucker is a co-founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab, which studies digital currencies and blockchain, and chair of the MIT Sloan Ph.D. Program. Her articles have appeared in leading scientific, economic, management, and marketing journals. She has previously served as associate editor of Management Science and the Journal of Marketing Research and coeditor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and she is currently senior editor of Marketing Science.

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