Sonia Jaffe

I am a Principal Researcher Economist in Microsoft Research's Economics and Computation group.

I am interested in a broad range of topics in applied theory. I have worked on projects in health economics, matching theory, public finance, and industrial organization. Recently I have been working with teams across Microsoft as part of the New Future of Work initiative. We started researching remote and hybrid work and have recently pivoted to studying how large language models are changing work practices.

Before joining the Economics and Computation group, I was part of Microsoft's Office of the Chief Economist from 2018 to 2022. Prior to that, I was a postdoc at the Becker Friedman Institute and the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. I received my PhD from the Harvard University Economics Department in May, 2015. While there I was an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business.

I graduated with honors in economics from the University of Chicago in 2008. During summer 2010, I worked at the Federal Trade Commission, in the Bureau of Economic Research. In 2012-2013 I visited the University of Chicago as a pre-doctoral scholar at the Becker Friedman Institute.


When not doing economics, I like to play board games, (attempt to) solve word puzzles, and do acroyoga.