I am an academic economist specializing in industrial organization.

My work leverages theory, empirics and modern computation to better understand the equilibrium implications of policies and proposals involving information revelation, risk sharing and commitment. My projects span a number of policy settings, including public procurement, pharmaceutical pricing and auto-insurance.

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mathematics; Economics (2013)
  • Ph.D, Harvard University, Economics (2019)

2023-24 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Scaling Auctions as Insurance: A Case Study in Infrastructure Procurement ECONOMETRICA Bolotnyy, V., Vasserman, S. 2023; 91 (4): 1205-1259

    View details for DOI 10.3982/ECTA17673

    View details for Web of Science ID 001041297000002

  • Voluntary Disclosure and Personalized Pricing REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES Ali, S., Lewis, G., Vasserman, S. 2022
  • Risk aversion and auction design: Theoretical and empirical evidence INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION Vasserman, S., Watt, M. 2021; 79
  • A method for measuring investigative journalism in local newspapers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Turkel, E., Saha, A., Owen, R. C., Martin, G. J., Vasserman, S. 2021; 118 (30)


    Major changes to the operation of local newsrooms-ownership restructuring, layoffs, and a reorientation away from print advertising-have become commonplace in the last few decades. However, there have been few systematic attempts to characterize the impact of these changes on the types of reporting that local newsrooms produce. In this paper, we propose a method to measure the investigative content of news articles based on article text and influence on subsequent articles. We use our method to examine over-time and cross-sectional patterns in news production by local newspapers in the United States over the past decade. We find surprising stability in the quantity of investigative articles produced over most of the time period examined, but a notable decline in the last 2 y of the decade, corresponding to a recent wave of newsroom layoffs.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.2105155118

    View details for PubMedID 34282020

  • Pretrial negotiations under optimism RAND JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Vasserman, S., Yildiz, M. 2019; 50 (2): 359–90
  • Implementing the Wisdom of Waze Vasserman, S., Feldman, M., Hassidim, A., Yang, Q., Wooldridge, M. IJCAI-INT JOINT CONF ARTIF INTELL. 2015: 660–66