Stefan Wager

Associate Professor, Operations, Information & Technology

Stefan Wager

Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Technology

Associate Professor of Statistics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences

Research Statement

Professor Wager’s research lies at the intersection of causal inference, optimization, and statistical learning. He is particularly interested in developing new solutions to classical problems in statistics, economics and decision making that leverage recent developments in machine learning.


Stefan Wager is an associate professor of operations, information and technology at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an associate professor of statistics (by courtesy). He received his PhD in statistics from Stanford University in 2016, and also holds a BS (2011) degree in mathematics from Stanford. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University during the academic year 2016–2017, and has worked with or consulted for several Silicon Valley companies, including Dropbox, Facebook, Google, and Uber.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Statistics, Stanford University, 2016
  • BS, Mathematics, Stanford University, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Spence Faculty Scholar for 2021-22
  • Spence Faculty Scholar for 2019–20
  • Facebook Faculty Award, 2018
  • Applied Statistics Dissertation Award, 2016
  • First place finish at the NSF-NGA-DTRA Chemical Detection Algorithms Challenge, 2014
  • B. C. and E. J. Eaves Stanford Graduate Fellow, 2011–14

  • J. E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement, 2011


Journal Articles

Ymkje Anna de Vries, Jordi Alonso, Somnath Chatterji, Peter de Jonge, Joran Lokkerbol, John J. McGrath, Maria V. Petukhova, Nancy A. Sampson, Erik Sverdrup, Daniel V. Vigo, Stefan Wager, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Guilherme Borges, Ronny Bruffaerts, Brendan Bunting, Stephanie Chardoul, Elie G. Karam, Andrzej Kiejna, Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, Akin Ojagbemi, Marina Piazza, José Posada-Villa, Carmen Sasu, Kate M. Scott, Hisateru Tachimori, Margreet Ten Have, Yolanda Torres, Maria Carmen Viana, Manuel Zamparini, Zahari Zarkov, Ronald C. Kessler on behalf of the World Mental Health Survey Collaborators
International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
March 2024 Vol. 33 Issue 1
Kuang Xu, Stefan Wager
Management Science
December 2023
Xiao Wu, Erik Sverdrup, Michael D. Mastrandrea, Michael W. Wara, Stefan Wager
Science Advances
November 2023 Vol. 9 Issue 45
Eric L. Ross, Robert M. Bossarte, Steven K. Dobscha, Sarah M. Gildea, Irving Hwang, Chris J. Kennedy, Howard Liu, Alex Luedtke, Brian P. Marx, Matthew K. Nock, Maria V. Petukhova, Nancy A. Sampson, Nur Hani Zainal, Erik Sverdrup, Stefan Wager, Ronald C. Kessler
JAMA Psychiatry
October 2023
Yuchen Hu, Stefan Wager
The Annals of Statistics
August 2023 Vol. 51 Issue 4 Pages 1561–1585
Yifan Cui, Michael R. Kosorok, Erik Sverdrup, Stefan Wager, Ruoqing Zhu
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B: Statistical Methodology
April 2023 Vol. 85 Issue 2 Pages 179–211
Zhengyuan Zhou, Susan Athey, Stefan Wager
Operations Research
January 2023 Vol. 71 Issue 1 Pages 1–395
Nikolaos Ignatiadis, Stefan Wager
Journal of the American Statistical Association
September 2022 Vol. 117 Issue 539
Shuangning Li, Stefan Wager
Annals of Statistics
August 2022 Vol. 50 Issue 4 Pages 2334–2358
Nikolaos Ignatiadis, Stefan Wager
Journal of the American Statistical Association
March 2022
Yuchen Hu, Shuangning Li, Stefan Wager
February 8, 2022
Yonatan Gur, Ahmadreza Momeni, Stefan Wager
Operations Research
2022 Vol. 70 Issue 6 Pages 3198–3216
David A. Hirshberg, Stefan Wager
Annals of Statistics
December 2021 Vol. 49 Issue 6 Pages 3206–3227
Dmitry Arkhangelsky, Susan Athey, David A. Hirshberg, Guido W. Imbens, Stefan Wager
American Economic Review
December 2021 Vol. 111 Issue 12 Pages 4088–4118
Stefan Wager, Kuang Xu
Management Science
November 2021 Vol. 67 Issue 11 Pages 6694–6715
Xinkun Nie, Stefan Wager
June 2021 Vol. 108 Issue 2 Pages 299–319
Vitor Hadad, David A. Hirshberg, Ruohan Zhan, Stefan Wager, Susan Athey
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
April 13, 2021 Vol. 118 Issue 15
Xinkun Nie, Emma Brunskill, Stefan Wager
Journal of the American Statistical Association
March 2021 Vol. 116 Issue 533 Pages 392–409
Susan Athey, Stefan Wager
January 2021 Vol. 89 Issue 1 Pages 133–161
Imke Mayer, Erik Sverdrup, Tobias Gauss, Jean-Denis Moyer, Stefan Wager, Julie Josse
Annals of Applied Statistics
September 2020 Vol. 14 Issue 3 Pages 1409–1431
Guido W. Imbens, Stefan Wager
Review of Economics & Statistics
May 2019 Vol. 101 Issue 2 Pages 264-278
Susan Athey, Julie Tibshirani, Stefan Wager
Annals of Statistics
2019 Vol. 47 Issue 2 Pages 1148-1178
Stefan Wager, Susan Athey
Journal of the American Statistical Association
June 6, 2018 Vol. 113 Issue 523 Pages 1228–1242
Susan Athey, Guido W. Imbens, Stefan Wager
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society-Series B
February 18, 2018 Vol. 80 Issue 4 Pages 597-623
Edgar Dobriban, Stefan Wager
Annals of Statistics
2018 Vol. 46 Issue 1 Pages 247-279
Stefan Wager, Sida Wang, Percy Liang
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)

Working Papers

Stefan Wager, Kuang Xu June 10, 2021
Susan Athey, Zhengyuan Zhou, Stefan Wager October 10, 2018

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Statistics (by courtesy) Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences 2021–present
  • Assistant Professor of Statistics (by courtesy) Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences 2017–2021

Insights by Stanford Business

May 23, 2018
Telling cats from dogs is easy. It’s the what-ifs that get problematic.

School News

February 27, 2018
“Effective leaders in the digital age will need to be mindful of the social consequences of technology.”
September 19, 2017
The return of the school year welcomes new tenure-line faculty and lecturers, plus new electives to broaden the student experience.