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In Conversation With SIEPR Senior Fellow Matt Gentzkow: Digital Addiction

Event Details:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Thursday, January 14, 2021
3:00pm - 2:55pm PST


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Digital technologies such as smartphones and social media consume a large and growing share of leisure time. While these technologies provide obvious benefits, it is often argued that they can be addictive and harmful. We will discuss recent research combining a field experiment with an economic model to estimate the extent of digital addiction and understand its underlying drivers.

Senior Fellow Matthew Gentzkow will be discussing his research on digital addiction in our next installment of "In Conversation with SIEPR Scholars" on January 13 from 3 - 4 pm.

This small-group conversation will feature predoctoral fellows, Houda Nait El Barj and Zane Kashner, who work with Matt on his research team. The SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellowship program is a critical component of how we support the next generation of researchers in economics and public policy. SIEPR is a member of the PREDOC Consortium, which includes leading universities and institutions (i.e. NBER and the Federal Reserve). Our collective goal is to foster a talented and diverse population of researchers in the quantitative social sciences through predoctoral programs.


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About the speakers

Matthew Gentzkow

Matthew Gentzkow is Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He studies empirical industrial organization and political economy, with a specific focus on media industries. He received the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the American economist under the age of forty who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, several National Science Foundation grants for research on media, and a Faculty Excellence Award for teaching. He was educated at Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1997, a master's degree in 2002, and a PhD in 2004.


Zane Kashner

Zane Kashner

Zane Kashner is a pre-doctoral research fellow at SIEPR, originally from Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from Stanford University in 2020 and plans to pursue a PhD in economics.



Houda Nait El Barj

Houda Nait El Barj

Houda Nait El Barj is a pre-doctoral research fellow at SIEPR, originally from Marrakech, Morocco. She graduated from University College London in 2019 and joined Stanford after working for one year in London. She plans to pursue a PhD in economics.

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