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Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-93
New York, NY 10012

E-mail asundara@stern.nyu.edu
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Professor Arun Sundararajan's research program studies digital economics and how information technologies transform business and society. Some of his current and recent research focuses on the emergence of digital institutions to facilitate economic and political development, contagion in networks and social media, online privacy, pricing in digital markets and managing digital piracy. He has published in journals including Decision Support Systems, Economics Letters, Information Systems Research, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Statistical Science and Social Networks, and has given more than 200 conference and invited presentations internationally. His research has won three Best Paper awards and has been recently profiled by trade publications that include Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Sundararajan is a Senior Editor of the journal Information Systems Research and has served on the editorial boards of MIS Quarterly and Management Science. He was the founding co-chair of the NYU Summer Workshop on the Economics of IT and of the Workshop on Information in Networks. His past doctoral students hold academic positions at a number of leading institutions. His opinion pieces have appeared in Bloomberg, CIO Magazine, the Economic Times, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Knowledge@Wharton, the Mint and Wired. His research has been supported by organizations that include Google, IBM, Microsoft, the MPAA and Yahoo!

Research Interests

  • Information technologies, economic development and political change
  • Contagion in networks and social media
  • Digital products and markets
  • Network economics
  • Text mining and economic analysis

Courses Taught

  • Business and Its Publics: Discourse
  • Calculus with Business Applications
  • Digital Economics
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Networks, Crowds and Markets

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of Rochester

M.S., Management Science
University of Rochester

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering
IIT, Madras

Related Research

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the success of Behomm, a home-exchange website

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Uber's use of surge pricing

Prof. Arun Sundararajan explains the importance of communication service Twilio to the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Rent the Runway

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on why government should share regulation of the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Peers, a sharing economy startup

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses the challenges Uber faces as it expands

Prof. Arun Sundararajan explains the need for regulation of the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the regulation of the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan's comments on the sharing economy at a congressional panel in Washington are highlighted

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Portland's bid to block Uber's operation

Professor Arun Sundararajan Speaks About Regulation of the Sharing Economy on a Congressional Panel

Prof. Arun Sundararajan participates in a panel discussion on the sharing economy hosted by the Internet Committee of the Congressional Internet Caucus

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Spare5, an on-demand work app

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses Uber's valuation

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on social impact entrepreneurship

In an op-ed, Prof. Arun Sundararajan compares the cultures of Airbnb and Uber

What Airbnb Gets About Culture that Uber Doesn’t

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses sharing economy apps for toys

Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses the impact of commercial operators on the sharing economy

Areas of Expertise


  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft


  • Game Theory
  • Internet Economics
  • Sharing Economy


  • Digital
  • Information Technology
  • Internet & Computers

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Piracy
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy


  • Digital Marketing/Advertising
  • Pricing
  • Social Media


  • India