Timothy DeStefano is a Research Scientist at Harvard Business School and works at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). 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 the lab focuses on constructing empirical frameworks 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 cloud computing impact firm productivity, organization, and employment. He also has extensive experience assessing various types of policy interventions on a range of economic outcomes at the region, firm, and individual levels.
Before joining LISH, Tim worked as an economist for five years at the OECD and for one 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 (on the Economics of Digitalization and Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship), 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 Finance France, Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry Japan and the Vatican. Tim holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK).