Tom Cunningham

London School of Economics

Integrity Institute

Social media platforms enable expression and information sharing on a global scale, but may facilitate or encourage societally harmful behaviors. Social and behavioral science R&D can help us find the interventions, programs, and policies that can increase societally beneficial behaviors on social media platforms.

In partnership with the Social Science Research Council’s Digital Platforms Initiative, the Agenda Fund is hosted an important conversation with leading social and behavioral scientists and thought leaders to discuss: 

  • what we know about cost-effective and scalable interventions to increase societally beneficial behaviors on social media platforms;
  • the potential policy implications of these emerging findings;
  • the potential return on investment from expanding this knowledge base.

This event took place 5 PM – 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at New York University, during the 2023 SSRC Workshop on the Economics of Social Media.

Guy Aridor

Northwestern University

Leo Bursztyn

University of Chicago

Ro’ee Levy

Tel Aviv University

Rafael Jiménez

Bocconi University

Lena Song

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



The Economics of Social Media Platforms

Defining an Agenda for Social and Behavioral Science R&D


July 22, 2023

New York University



Dean Eckles

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matthew Gentzkow

Stanford University

Pinar Yildirim

University of Pennsylvania

Sol Messing

New York University