Sebastian Steffen

Sebastian Steffen

PhD Candidate

MIT Sloan School of Management


Hi there!

I am a 4th year Ph.D. canidate at MIT Sloan in the Information Technologies (IT) group - a subgroup of the Management Science program - where I am advised by Erik Brynjolfsson. My research interests center on the effects of technology on society - specifically, the effects of automation on labor market outcomes and the acquisition of skills and human capital.

In 2018 I was a Data Science Intern in LinkedIn’s Economic Graph team and in an ongoing project with them I study how career paths and labor mobility have changed over time.

Before joining MIT in 2016 I was a Research Assistant for two years for Susan Athey and Markus Mobius at the Microsoft Research New England Lab and worked on several projects, including one on the Impact of News Aggregators on Internet News Consumption and the Indonesian Celebrity Immunization Twitter Experiment among others.


  • Information Technology
  • Labor Economics
  • Skills and Human Capital
  • Machine Learning
  • NLP


  • MS in Management Research, 2020

    MIT Sloan School of Management

  • BA in Economics, 2013

    Princeton University

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