David K. Levine

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David K. Levine
David Knudsen Levine

c. 1955 (age 6364)
Institution European University Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
Field Game theory, General equilibrium Theory
Alma mater UCLA, MIT
Peter Diamond [1]
Guido Tabellini
ContributionsLearning in games, Folk theorem
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

David Knudsen Levine (born c. 1955) is department of Economics and Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Study Joint Chair at the European University Institute; he is John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis. His research includes the study of intellectual property and endogenous growth in dynamic general equilibrium models, the endogenous formation of preferences, social norms and institutions, learning in games, and game theory applications to experimental economics.

European University Institute teaching and research institute

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute established by European Union member states to contribute to cultural and scientific development in the social sciences, in a European perspective.

Washington University in St. Louis university in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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At UCLA, Levine obtained a B.A. in Mathematics in 1977, and an M.A. in Economics in the same year. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics at MIT in June 1981. He became an Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA in July 1981, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1987, and a Professor of Economics at UCLA in the same year. In 1997 he became the Armen Alchian Professor of Economics at UCLA. In 2006 he moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where he became the John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics.

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Mathematics Field of study concerning quantity, patterns and change

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Levine was the Coeditor of the Review of Economic Dynamics from November 1996 to June 2001, and of Econometrica from July 2003 to June 2008. He presided the Society for Economic Dynamics from July 2006 to June 2009.

The Review of Economic Dynamics is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Elsevier on behalf of the Society for Economic Dynamics. It covers dynamic models from all areas of economics. The editor-in-chief is Matthias Doepke.

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Levine is a Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1989 and a Research Associate at NBER since 2006.

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David K. Levine conducts ongoing research in general equilibrium theory, focusing specifically on growth theory, innovation, and intellectual property. Collaborating with Michele Boldrin, Levine examines the role of increasing returns in growth and innovation. They posit that little evidence exists for increasing returns at the aggregate level, and thus argue that there is no reason to believe that increasing returns play an important role in growth. This theory concludes that existing claims for the necessity of intellectual property in the process of growth and innovation are greatly exaggerated.

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Michele Boldrin is an Italian-born economist, expert in economic growth, business cycles, technological progress and intellectual property. He is currently the Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Along with his colleague and coauthor David Levine, he was part of the group of 200 economists publicly opposing the 2009 Stimulus bill. He later publicly defended his position on the issue in various international media, including a public debate with Brad DeLong.

Levine also conducts research in the field of dynamic games. He established with Drew Fudenberg that a long-lived player playing in opposition to short-lived players can substitute reputation for commitment. He developed with Eric Maskin the first "folk theorem" for games in which players do not directly observe each other's decisions, with applications for learning in games. They argued that while learning theories cannot provide detailed descriptions of non-equilibrium behavior, they act as a useful tool in understanding which equilibria are likely to emerge. One example of this, they put forward, explains how superstitions survive in the face of rational learning.

Drew Fudenberg is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at MIT. His extensive research spans many aspects of game theory, including equilibrium theory, learning in games, evolutionary game theory, and many applications to other fields. Fudenberg was also one of the first to apply game theoretic analysis in industrial organization, bargaining theory, and contract theory. He has also authored papers on repeated games, reputation effects, and behavioral economics.

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Levine currently studies the endogenous formation of preferences and social norms. His analysis of experimental anomalies explores some of the limitations of the standard economic model of self-interested individuals.


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  1. Levine, David Knudsen (1981). The enforcement of collusion in oligopoly (Ph.D.). MIT . Retrieved 8 February 2017.