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Shane Greenstein

Shane Greenstein is the Elinor and Wendell Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a leading researcher in the business economics of computing, communications and Internet infrastructure. His research and writing focus on a variety of topics in this area, including the adoption of client-server systems, the growth of commercial Internet access networks, the industrial economics of platforms, and changes in communications policy. Over a sixteen-year career he has written and edited five books, and published over sixty refereed journal articles and book chapters. He has written over seventy other articles for policy and business audiences. He is regularly quoted in national and local media. He has been a regular columnist and essayist for IEEE Micro since 1995.[1]

Greenstein was the Program Chair for the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference in 2000 and co-chair with Victor Stango for the conference on Standards and Public Policy, held at the Chicago National Bureau of Economic Research and Conference on Research, Income and Wealth. As a fellow of Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University he researches study slant and bias in WorldHeritage.[2]

Greenstein sits on numerous editorial boards, including Journal of Regulatory Economics, Economics Bulletin, and Information and Economics Policy, and holds or has held several oversight responsibilities, including advisory committee for the U.S. Census, and National Institute for Science and Technology. He also reviews for a wide assortment of major journals in economics and information science, and for a wide assortment of organizations, including the National Science Foundation, and National Academy of Science. At Northwestern University he is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization and the Institute for Policy Research. He was chair of the Management and Strategy Department from 2002 to 2005.

Greenstein is married with four children. He has run a 1:36 half marathon. He describes his brief experience with sepsis here.


Greenstein received his BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1983, and his PhD from Stanford University in 1989, both in economics. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford in 1989.


  • Shane Greenstein and Victor Stango, editors, Standards and Public Policy, Cambridge Press. 2007. [1]
  • Shane Greenstein, editor, Computing, Edward-Elgar Press. 2006. [2]
  • Shane Greenstein, Diamonds are Forever, Computers are not. Imperial College Press. 2004. [3]
  • Lorrie Cranor and Shane Greenstein, editors, MIT Press. 2002. Communications Policy and Information Technology: Promises, Problems, Prospects
  • Ben Compaine and Shane Greenstein, editors, MIT Press. 2001. Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond

Career milestones

In 2006, David Warsh described Greenstein as "The best economist you have never heard of". Greenstein was also responsible for stating the Four Losses of Parenting


  1. ^ Greenstein, Shane (2004). Diamonds are Forever, Computers are not. Imperial College Press. 
  2. ^ "Berkman Center Announces 2013-2014 Community". Berkman Center for Internet & Society. July 8, 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

External links

  • Digitopoly blog
  • Greenstein's Kellogg website
  • Virulent Word of Mouse blog
  • IEEE Columns
  • Kellogg WorldHeritage teaching case
  • David Warsh's plug
  • Plug by Joshua Gans
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