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 doing research on remote and hybrid work.

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.