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Daniel Rock

PhD Candidate

Daniel Rock is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate working with Professor Erik Brynjolfsson. 

Daniel’s research is focused on how technological advances impact firm profitability, human capital, productivity dynamics, and financing decisions. He is fascinated by the growing productivity divide between “frontier” firms and the rest of the economy, and has recently worked on a project looking into the effect of IT on turbulence and concentration within industry groups. His work examines how new types of digital technology are changing the labor force and transforming traditional business models. Daniel’s most recent project is the development of an index to track the pace of technological change.

Before beginning his studies at MIT, Daniel worked as an algorithmic trader in Chicago trading currencies and futures on interest rates and commodities. He received a S.B. in economics in 2010 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.