Michael Ostrovsky

Professor, Economics

Michael Ostrovsky

Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics

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Research Statement

Michael Ostrovsky’s research is in the areas of game theory, market design, industrial organization, and finance. Most recently, he has analyzed the economics of carpooling and self-driving cars, the properties of internet advertising auctions, information aggregation in financial markets, stability in trading networks, and voting in shareholder meetings.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Business Economics, Harvard University, 2005
  • AM in Economics, Harvard University, 2003
  • BAS in Mathematics, Economics, Stanford University, 1999

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2005
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2014–present
  • Visiting Scientist, Google, 2013–14
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2008–09

Awards and Honors

  • Spence Faculty Fellow for 2021–22
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2011–15
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant, 2011–15


Journal Articles

Nicolas Lanzetti, Maximilian Schiffer, Michael Ostrovsky, Marco Pavone
IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
December 2023 Pages 1–12
Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz
Journal of Political Economy
December 2023 Vol. 131 Issue 12
Michael Ostrovsky
American Economic Review
September 2023 Vol. 113 Issue 9 Pages 2486–2505
Scott Duke Kominers, John William Hatfield, Alexandru Nichifor, Michael Ostrovsky, Alexander Westkamp
Theoretical Economics
January 2021 Vol. 16 Issue 1 Pages 197–234
Nicolas S. Lambert, Michael Ostrovsky, Mikhail Panov
July 2018 Vol. 86 Issue 4 Pages 1119-1157
Michael Ostrovsky, Renato Paes Leme
Theoretical Economics
September 2015 Vol. 10 Issue 3 Pages 853-865
Michael Ostrovsky, John William Hatfield, Scott Duke Kominers, Alexandru Nichifor, Alexander Westkamp
Journal of Political Economy
October 2013 Vol. 121 Issue 5 Pages 966–1005
Michael Ostrovsky
November 2012 Vol. 80 Issue 6 Pages 2595-2647
Michael Ostrovsky, Gregor Matvos
Journal of Financial Economics
October 2010 Vol. 98 Issue 1 Pages 90-112
Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
May 2010 Vol. 2 Issue 2 Pages 34-63
Michael Ostrovsky, Archishman Chakraborty, Alessandro Citanna
Journal of Economic Theory
January 2010 Vol. 145 Issue 1 Pages 85-105
Gregor Matvos, Michael Ostrovsky
Journal of Financial Economics
2008 Vol. 89 Issue 3 Pages 391-403
Michael Ostrovsky
American Economic Review
2008 Vol. 98 Issue 3 Pages 897-923
Benjamin Edelman, Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz
American Economic Review
2007 Vol. 97 Issue 1 Pages 242-259
Ariel Pakes, Michael Ostrovsky, Steven Berry
RAND Journal of Economics
2007 Vol. 38 Issue 2 Pages 373–399
Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz
RAND Journal of Economics
2005 Vol. 36 Issue 4 Pages 816-832

Working Papers

Michael Ostrovsky, Andrzej Skrzypacz October 2022
Michael Ostrovsky November 7, 2020
Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz February 12, 2018

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Service to the Profession

  • Co-Director, Working Group on Market Design, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Co-editor, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
  • Associate Editor, Econometrica

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

July 11, 2022
Here’s a list of shows to add to your summer listening.
March 31, 2021
Auctions intended to level the playing field for Google’s rivals have not reduced the search giant’s dominance, new research shows.
April 26, 2018
Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.
January 01, 2006
A scholar shows how the current mechanism could be adjusted to create an auction that better serves advertisers.

School News

September 01, 2005
Three senior professors — in accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing — have joined the Stanford GSB faculty, along with six junior faculty.