Timothy DeStefano

Research Economist, Laboratory for Innovation Science Harvard at Harvard Business School

Timothy DeStefano is a Research Economist at the Harvard Business School in the Laboratory for Innovation Science Harvard. He is an applied economist with expertise in the areas of digital technology, artificial intelligence (AI), industrial robotics, firm productivity and trade. His current work at HBS focuses on empirical research and field experiments to estimate the causal effects of AI on firm performance. Previously, Tim carried out a number of research projects that examine how fiber broadband and digital technology impact firm productivity, organization and employment. He also has experience assessing various types of policy interventions on a range of economic outcomes at the region, firm and individual levels. Before joining HBS, Tim worked as an economist for 5 years at the OECD and for 1 year at the G20 Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity. Tim’s work has been presented at a number of academic events including the NBER meetings, the Royal Economics Society, and the Toulouse School of Economics and to policy makers in the G20, the OECD, the Italian Parliament, the Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry Japan and the Vatican. Tim holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK).