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Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-90
New York, NY 10012

E-mail arun@stern.nyu.edu
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Arun Sundararajan is Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is also an affiliated faculty member at NYU's Center for Urban Science+Progress, and at NYU's Center for Data Science.

Professor Sundararajan's research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. His current scholarly research focuses on peer-to-peer markets, the sharing economy, digital trust, social media and brand, digital labor, new institutions, regulation, social networks and online privacy. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, and has given more than 200 invited talks at industry, government and academic forums internationally. His research has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, and a variety of other grants. He has served on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony and to a variety of city, state and federal government agencies, including the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve Bank, the White House, and the Federal Trade Commission.

His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El Pais, Wired, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, and a variety of radio shows and TV programs. He has served as Director of NYU Stern's IS Doctoral Program since 2007, is one of the founders of the Workshop on Information in Networks, is a member of the City of New York's Technology Advisory Group, and is an advisor to Cisco Systems, OuiShare, the Center for Global Enterprise, and the National League of Cities.

Professor Sundararajan's new book about crowd-based capitalism will be published in Spring 2016 by the MIT Press. Follow him on Twitter @digitalarun

Research Interests

  • Crowd-Based Capitalism
  • The Sharing Economy
  • Computational Social Science
  • Digital Labor
  • Intellectual Property and Digital Piracy
  • Data Science
  • Pricing in Digital Markets
  • Network Effects

Courses Taught

  • Calculus with Business Applications
  • Digital Economics
  • Digital Strategy
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Networks, Crowds and Markets
  • Tech and the City

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of Rochester

M.S., Management Science
University of Rochester

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering
IIT, Madras

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Areas of Expertise


  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • TaskRabbit
  • Uber


  • Game Theory
  • Internet Economics
  • Sharing Economy


  • Digital
  • Information Technology

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Digital Piracy
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy


  • Digital Marketing/Advertising
  • Pricing
  • Social Media


  • India