Portrait of Jann Spiess

Jann Spiess

Postdoctoral Researcher


Jann is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, where he works on integrating techniques and insights from machine learning into the econometric toolbox. His research brings together microeconometric methods, statistical decision theory, and mechanism design to clarify the use of flexible prediction algorithms in causal inference and applied microeconomics. He is particularly interested in the role of human and machine decisions in replicable and robust inferences from big data.

Jann holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Previously, Jann obtained a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. His background is in mathematics with a focus on probability theory and combinatorics, which he studied at the University of Cambridge (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos) and the Technical University of Munich. Jann also studied and worked in Hangzhou, China and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

In 2019, Jann will join Stanford University as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business.