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Matthew Jackson

Stanford University

About the speaker

Matthew O. Jackson is professor of economics at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford (1988) and a BA in economics from Princeton University (1984). His previous appointments include the Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology, and the IBM Distinguished Chair in Competitive and Regulatory Policy at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, where he served as the MEDS department chair (1995-1997).

A fellow of the Econometric Society, Jackson’s honors and recognitions include the Social Choice and Welfare Prize and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and from the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences. He has served on a large number of editorial boards, including Econometrica, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Economic Theory, and he edits the Econometric Society Monograph Series. Jackson has served on the councils of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare, the Econometric Society, and the Game Theory Society.

An author and editor of several books and more than 70 published scientific papers, Jackson has written widely in game theory and social choice theory. His seminal work on social and economic networks incorporates game-theoretic reasoning into the study of network formation and explains the role of social networks in jobs searches, wage inequality and social mobility. He has made major contributions in the areas of mechanism design and implementation theory, including the design of institutions ranging from markets and voting systems to mutual-insurance systems for rural economies.

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