Jeff Ely
Jeffrey Ely

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Economics, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences (Courtesy)

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Jeffrey Ely is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Economics and Director of the Northwestern University Center for Economic Theory.

Ely conducts research on microeconomic theory, with a focus on mechanism design, the foundations of game theory, and evolution. Ely is currently the monograph series editor for the Econometric Society and serves on the editorial boards of Econometrica and Theoretical Economics an open-access journal on economic theory.

He has received numerous awards including multiple NSF grants and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. Most recently, Professor Ely was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2009.

With economics professor Sandeep Baliga, Ely writes “Cheap Talk,” an economics and politics blog.

From 1996 to 2003, Ely was an assistant professor at Northwestern. He then joined the faculty at Boston University as an associate professor. Ely rejoined the Northwestern faculty in 2004 as a professor of economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996.

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Ph.D., 1996, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., 1990, Economics, University of California, Irvine

Academic Positions
Director, Northwestern Center for Economic Theory, Northwestern University, 2006-present
Professor of Economics, Northwestern University, 2004-present
Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure), Economics, Boston University, 2003-2004
Assistant Professor of Economics, Northwestern University, 1996-2003

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Research Interests
Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Evolution

Baliga, Sandeep and Jeffrey Ely. 2016. Torture and the Commitment Problem. Review of Economic Studies. 83: 1406-1439.
Baliga, Sandeep and Jeffrey Ely. 2011. Mnemonomics: The Sunk Cost Fallacy as a Memory Kludge. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. 3: 35-67.

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