Georgy Egorov
Georgy Egorov

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Georgy Egorov joined the Kellogg faculty in 2009 after receiving his PhD in Economics from Harvard University. His research interests include political economy and economic theory. He is currently working on questions related to weak institutions and their dynamics, interaction between market and non-market actors in business environments, and social image considerations in strategic decisions. Professor Egorov's papers have been published in leading journals, including EconometricaAmerican Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, American Political Science ReviewReview of Economic Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Areas of Expertise
Contract Theory
Crisis Management
Economics of Organizations
Political Economy/Design
Voting Systems

Print Vita
PhD, 2009, Economics, Harvard University
MA, 2008, Economics, Harvard University
MA, 2003, Economics, New Economic School, Moscow, cum laude
MS, 2001, Mathematics, Department of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, summa cum laude

Academic Positions
Associate Professor, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2010-present
Assistant Professor, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2010-2013
Senior Lecturer & Jacobs Scholar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2009-2010

Honors and Awards
Social Choice and Welfare Prize, Social Choice and Welfare Society

Editorial Positions
Associate Editor, Review of Economic Design, 2015
Editorial Board, Economics and Mathematical Methods, 2011-Present

Print Research
Research Interests
Political economy; Economic theory; Game theory

Bursztyn, Leonardo, Georgy Egorov and Robert Jensen. Forthcoming. Cool to Be Smart or Smart to Be Cool: Understanding Peer Pressure in Education. Review of Economic Studies.
Egorov, Georgy and Bard Harstad. 2017. Private Politics and Public Regulation. Review of Economic Studies. 84(4): 1652-1682.
Egorov, Georgy, Daron Acemoglu and Konstantin Sonin. Forthcoming. Social Mobility and Stability of Democracy: Re-evaluating De Tocqueville. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Diermeier, Daniel, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin. 2017. Political Economy of Redistribution. Econometrica. 85(3): 851-870.
Ambrus, Attila and Georgy Egorov. 2017. Delegation and Nonmonetary Incentives. Journal of Economic Theory. 171: 101-135.
Beath, Andrew, Fotini Christia, Georgy Egorov and Ruben Enikolopov. 2016. Electoral Rules and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment. Review of Economic Studies. 83(3): 932-968.
Acemoglu, Daron, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin. 2015. Political Economy in a Changing World. Journal of Political Economy. 123(5): 1038-1086.
Acemoglu, Daron, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin. 2013. A Political Theory of Populism. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 128(2): 771-805.
Egorov, Georgy and Konstantin Sonin. 2011. Dictators and their Viziers: Endogenizing the Loyalty-Competence Trade-off. Journal of European Economic Association. 9(5): 903-930.
Egorov, Georgy, Sergei Guriev and Konstantin Sonin. 2009. Why Resource-Poor Dictators Allow Freer Media: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data. American Political Science Review. 103(4): 645-668.
Acemoglu, Daron, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin. 2008. Coalition Formation in Non-Democracies. Review of Economic Studies. 75(4): 987-1009.
Working Papers
Egorov, Georgy, Leonardo Bursztyn and Stefano Fiorin. 2017. From Extreme to Mainstream: How Social Norms Unravel.
Carroll, Gabriel and Georgy Egorov. 2018. Strategic Communication with Minimal Verification.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Microeconomic Analysis (MECN-430-0)
1Ys: This course is either waived during the admissions process or completed during the Summer term. Among the topics this core course addresses are economic analysis and optimal decisions, consumer choice and the demand for products, production functions and cost curves, market structures and strategic interactions, and pricing and non-price concepts. Cases and problems are used to understand economic tools and their potential for solving real-world problems.

Political Economy III: Social Choice and Voting Models (MECS-540-3)
This course is about collective decision-making, both on the micro level (how people aggregate information or preferences through voting) and on the big picture level (how societies choose institutions to live under). We first overview some classical results from social choice, and find limitations of the cooperative approach. We then look at models of strategic behavior in collective decision-making, voting over binary agendas, and models of legislative bargaining. The next big topic is elections, where we plan to talk about all aspects – decisions whether and how to vote, whether to run, and how to campaign. The last big topic is institutions. We will talk about revolutions and coup d’états, how countries democratize, when and why. Ultimately, we will study models of forward-looking behavior in collective decision-making and dynamics of institutions.

Research in Economics (MECS-560-3)
This course introduces first-year PhD students to the economics research environment. With an emphasis on breadth, and minimal prerequisite knowledge at the graduate level, students are exposed to the process of forming and answering research questions. To implement this goal, the course typically involves a handful of instructors each giving their own perspective on successful approaches to research by highlighting significant recent works in their respective fields of interest.