Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Ph.D. and A.M., economics, Harvard University
Summary of Experience
Professor Gentzkow specializes in applied microeconomics, empirical industrial organization, and political economy, with a focus on the media, technology, retail, and health care industries. He studies the economic forces driving the creation of media products, competition in media markets, the changing nature and role of media in the digital environment, and the effect of media on education, ideological diversity, and civic engagement. More recently, he has studied the welfare effects of social media networks and how information is disseminated online. In other research, Professor Gentzkow has analyzed large and complex datasets of consumer purchases to study consumer product pricing, consumer preferences for brands, and brand price premiums.
Professor Gentzkow received the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association (AEA) to the American economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He has published extensively in the Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and other peer-reviewed journals. He has presented to US regulatory agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, and has appeared frequently in major media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and NPR. Professor Gentzkow is a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and serves as an associate editor of The RAND Journal of Economics. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a member of its Industrial Organization Program steering committee. He has received two Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships and various National Science Foundation (NSF) grants.