Eric Maskin – Harvard professor, his work to date

As Eric Maskin has just been appointed one of only 22 University Professors at Harvard University, this seemed like a good time to have a look back at some of his contributions to game theory.

Professor Maskin is one of the leading thinkers in the field of game theory and is returning to Harvard where he studied mathematics as an undergraduate and was Louis Berkman Professor of Economics from 1985 to 2000.



Together with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson, Professor Maskin won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his work on mechanism design, a field within game theory.

To learn more you can watch his Nobel prize lecture here.

Many of his papers (124 of them!) can be found here. This takes us from a paper entitled A Theorem on Utilitarianism from 1978, through to a paper on Nash Equilibrium and Mechanism Design from 2011.

The papers cover a huge range of topics including auctions, voting, bargaining, and, of course, mechanism design. Anyone with an interest in game theory will find much of interest within these papers.


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