Benjamin Polak

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

Professor Benjamin Polak

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.

Education

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

Publications

Selected Articles

S. Grant and B. Polak
Journal of Economic Theory
2013
America's Hidden Austerity Program
P. Schott & B. Polak
New York Times
2012
S. Grant, A. Kajii, B. Polak and Z. Safra
Journal of Economic Theory
2011
C. List and B. Polak
Journal of economic theory
2010
S. Grant, A. Kajii, B. Polak and Z. Safra
Econometrica
2010

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