Drew Fudenberg

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Drew Fudenberg
Born (1957-03-02) March 2, 1957 (age 63)
Institution MIT
Field Game theory, General equilibrium Theory
Alma materA.B. Harvard College 1978, Ph.D. MIT 1981
Eric Maskin [1]
Matthew Rabin
Glenn Ellison
Sendhil Mullainathan
Contributionslearning in games, Folk theorem
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship, 1990; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Drew Fudenberg (born March 2, 1957 in New York City) 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.



Fudenberg obtained his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1978, when he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. After completing his Ph.D. in just three years, he began his assistant professorship at the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. At Berkeley, Fudenberg was tenured at the age of 28. In 1987, he returned to a faculty position at MIT, where he taught for 6 years. In 1993, Fudenberg accepted a faculty position in the Economics department of his alma mater, Harvard University. He has returned once more to MIT as the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics as of 2016. [2]

Fudenberg was the associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory from 1984 to 1996; the Quarterly Journal of Economics from 1984 to 1989; Econometrica from 1985 to 1996; Games and Economic Behavior from 1988 to 1993, and the foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies from 1993 to 1996. He was also the principal editor of Econometrica from 1996 until 2000.

Fudenberg has authored many books on game theory, including Game Theory with Jean Tirole, a primary reference for graduate students in economics; Dynamic Models of Oligopoly, also with Jean Tirole; and Theory of Learning in Games with David K. Levine.

Fudenberg received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.


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  1. Fudenberg, Drew (1981), Strategic behavior in economic rivalry . Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  2. "MIT Economics : Drew Fudenberg". economics.mit.edu. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
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