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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 (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at many of NYU’s interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Data Science and the Center for Urban Science and Progress. His new book, “The Sharing Economy,” was published by the MIT Press in June 2016.

Professor Sundararajan's research studies how digital technologies transform business, government and civil society. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, and over 30 op-eds in outlets that include The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Wired, Le Monde, Bloomberg View, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Economic Times, Harvard Business Review and Quartz. His scholarship has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, and a variety of other grants. He has given more than 250 invited talks at industry, government and academic forums internationally. Watch his 2016 Davos panel. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony, and to city, state and federal government agencies that include the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve Bank, the White House and the Federal Trade Commission. He is a widely sought-after commentator by top media platforms. Keep up with his latest views and opinions.

Arun is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Technology, Values and Policy, a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum, and serves as an advisor to organizations that include the City of New York, the City of Seoul, the Female Founders Fund, the Internet Society of China, OuiShare, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Arts and the Center for Global Enterprise. He works with tech companies on issues of strategy and regulation, and with non-tech companies trying to understand how to forecast and address changes induced by digital technologies. He teaches in NYU Stern executive education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on digital strategy and governance. He teaches full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets, and doctoral students about digital economics.

Research Interests

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

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