Daniel F. Stone

Affiliation: Economics
Associate Professor of Economics — on leave for the 2020-21 academic year

I've been teaching in the Economics department at Bowdoin since 2012 and prior to that I was assistant professor at Oregon State University from 2008-2012. My courses here are on microeconomics, behavioral economics, information and uncertainty, and game theory. Besides the standard material I generally try to stress two relatively non-standard lessons: 1) be Bayesian; 2) internalize your externalities. My research is on belief formation, political media, polarization, and inter-personal hostility (a.k.a. affective polarization). I'm optimistic about this being typically due to misunderstanding (and therefore being usually resolvable), based on both personal experience and my research. I served with Americorps and worked for Novantas (consulting) between college and grad school, and am originally from Charlottesville, VA (and miss the old UVA pep band). 

I'm currently working on a book on affective polarization and on a research-service website called Media Trades (http://mediatrades.org/). Here's some more motivation/explanation. Please participate and share with others!

I'm on twitter (@d_f_stone), perhaps ill-advisedly, but with good intentions (I think!)

Curriculum Vitae




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A gift from some kind u-bears.  


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A brush with celebrity, Stony Brook, July, 2014



A career highlight: getting referee reports (a non-desk rejection!) from QJE. 


Purple T Shirt Design of Bowdoin Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge

The 2017 Bowdoin Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge t-shirt design (thanks Laura Griffee!).

 Soren Birkeland, 2021 (on left); also pictured (right) Levi McAtee, 2022

Last day of class, Econ 2323, Spring 2019 (pic by Soren Birkeland, 2021 (on left); also pictured (right) Levi McAtee, 2022)

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Plugging Media Trades at RadicalXChange conference in Detroit, 2019.

Daniel F. Stone


  • PhD, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • MA, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  • BS, Applied Mathematics, Yale University, 2001