Benjamin Polak

Yale University Provost, William C. Brainard Professor of Economics & Professor of Management

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Professor Polak is an expert on decision theory, game theory, and economic history. His work explores economic agents whose goals are richer than those captured in traditional models. His work on game theory ranges from foundational theoretical work on common knowledge, to applied topics in corporate finance and law and economics. Most recently, he has made contributions to the theory of repeated games with asymmetric information. Other research interests include economic inequality and individuals' responses to uncertainty. Professor Polak is currently engaged in an ambitious empirical project that tackles questions of industrial organization in the setting of industrial revolution in England.

Expertise

Education

  • PhD, Harvard University, 1992
  • MA, Northwestern University, 1985
  • BA, Cambridge University, 1984

Selected Articles

Achievements

  • The Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences, Yale College
    2006
  • Graduate Teaching Prize, Economics Department, Yale
    2005
  • William Clyde DeVane Medal for undergraduate teaching and scholarship, Yale College
    2005
  • Graduate Advising Prize, Economics Department, Yale
    2004
  • Henry Kohn Associate Professor Chair
    1999-2001
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
    1998
  • Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows
    1991-1994
  • Harvard GSAS Merit Fellow
    1990-1991
  • Harvard Economics "Goldsmith" essay prize
    1990
  • Cambridge University Wrenbury Prize for Economics
    1984
  • Trinity College Van Heyden de Lancey Prize
    1984

Editorships

  • Journal of Economic Theory Associate Editor