Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Seth Isaac Stephens-Davidowitz

(1982-09-15) September 15, 1982 (age 36)
NationalityUnited States
EducationStanford University
Harvard University
Known forResearch using Google Trends to study human behavior
Scientific career
FieldsData science
ThesisEssays Using Google Data (2013)
Doctoral advisorAlberto Alesina

Seth Isaac Stephens-Davidowitz (born September 15, 1982)[1] is an American data scientist, economist, and author. He is a New York Times op-ed contributor and a former data scientist at Google, as well as a former visiting lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[2][3] He has published research using Google Trends search data, as well as data from Wikipedia and Facebook, to gain real-time insights into people's thoughts and beliefs that they may be unwilling to admit publicly.[4][5][6] His book Everybody Lies was published by HarperCollins in 2017. The book subsequently became a New York Times bestseller, and was named a book of the year by both PBS NewsHour and the Economist.[2]


Stephens-Davidowitz was born on September 15, 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey[1] into a Jewish family,[7] son of Esther Davidowitz and Mitchell Stephens.[8] He grew up in Alpine, New Jersey, and attended Tenafly High School in Tenafly, graduating in 1999.[9] He went on to earn his B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University before enrolling at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in economics in 2013.[2][8]


  1. ^ a b "Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Harvard University Department of Economics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Seth Stephens-Davidowitz". Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ Shermer, Michael (1 June 2018). "Web Searches Reveal (in Aggregate) What We're Really Thinking". Scientific American. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ Illing, Sean (13 June 2017). "Persuasive proof that America is full of racist and selfish people". Vox. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ Stein, Joel (15 June 2017). "That Time an Algorithm Whisperer Took Me to the Heart of Darkness". Time. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ Ell, Kellie (24 April 2018). "Users don't seem to mind Google has more data than Facebook". CNBC. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (20 December 2014). "What We're Searching For". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth (2013). Essays Using Google Data (Ph.D.). Harvard University. p. viii. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  9. ^ Palmer, Joanne (15 February 2018). "Big data is watching you". Jewish Standard. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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