Department of Economics
Boston University
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Boston, MA  02215
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Born November 1958, Memphis, Tennessee.
US Citizen.


Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 1985. 
BPS, Radio journalism, Memphis State University, 1980. 


Boston University,  Boston, Massachusetts
  2002 - present  Professor.

University of Wisconsin,  Madison, Wisconsin
  2002 - 2004  on leave.
  1998 - 2002  Professor.

University of Western Ontario,  London, Ontario
  1997 - 1998  Professor.
  1995 - 1997  Associate Professor.

Queen's University,  Kingston, Ontario
  1991 - 1995  Associate Professor.

Carnegie Mellon University,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  1991 - 1993  Associate Professor (untenured), on leave.
  1985 - 1991  Assistant Professor.


Microsoft Research New England, August 2011 - December 2011.
Harvard University, 2008 - 2009.
University of Paris I, May 2005.
Cergy-Pontoise University, May - June 2003.
Humboldt University of Berlin, June - July 1997.
London School of Economics, April - May 1996.
University of Pennsylvania, 1994 - 1995.
Tel Aviv University, July 1991, July 1992, July 1994, July 1996, July 1998, November 1999, January 2005.
University of Bonn, June 1991.


Department of Economics Teaching Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988.
Graduate Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin, 2001.
Gitner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Boston University, 2004.
Graduate Advisor of the Year, Boston University, 2007, 2010.


Department Chair, Boston University, 2012-July 2018; January 2019- .
Director of Graduate Studies, Boston University, 2006-2008; 2009-2012.
Director of Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2001-02.


"Mechanisms with Evidence: Commitment and Robustness," with Elchanan Ben-Porath and Eddie Dekel, Econometrica, forthcoming.

"Disclosure and Choice," with Elchanan Ben-Porath and Eddie Dekel, Review of Economic Studies, 85, July 2018, 1425-1470.

"Optimal Allocation with Costly Verification," with Elchanan Ben-Porath and Eddie Dekel, American Economic Review, 104, December 2014, 3779-3813. (lead article)

"Implementation with Partial Provability," with Elchanan Ben-Porath, Journal of Economic Theory, 147, September 2012, 1689-1724.

"Costly Self Control and Random Self Indulgence," with Eddie Dekel, Econometrica, 80, May 2012, 1271-1302.

"Finite Order Implications of Common Priors in Infinite Models," Journal of Mathematical Economics, 46, January 2010, 56-70.

"Temptation-Driven Preferences," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Review of Economic Studies, 76, July 2009, 937-971.

"Switching Costs in Infinitely Repeated Games," with Ruqu Wang, Games and Economic Behavior, 66, May 2009, 292-314.

"Finite Order Implications of Common Priors," Econometrica, 71, July 2003, 1255-1267.

"Representing Preferences with a Unique Subjective State Space," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Econometrica, 69, July 2001, 891-934.

(See also "Representing Preferences with a Unique Subjective State Space: Corrigendum," with Eddie Dekel, Aldo Rustichini, and Todd Sarver, Econometrica, 75, March 2007, 591-600, and "Supplemental Appendix.")

"Regulatory Rule-making with Legal Challenges," with Devon Garvie, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 40, September 2000, 87-110.

"Switching Costs in Frequently Repeated Games," with Ruqu Wang, Journal of Economic Theory, 93, August 2000, 149-190.

"Decision Theory without Logical Omniscience: Toward an Axiomatic Framework for Bounded Rationality," Review of Economic Studies, 66, April 1999, 339-361.

"Standard State-Space Models Preclude Unawareness," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Econometrica, 66, January 1998, 159-173.

"Evolution with State-Dependent Mutations," with James Bergin, Econometrica, 64, July 1996, 943-956.

"Stock Price Manipulation Through Takeover Bids," with Mark Bagnoli, Rand Journal of Economics, 27, Spring 1996, 124-147.

"Ex Ante versus Interim Rationality and the Existence of Bubbles," with Sugato Bhattacharyya, Economic Theory, 6, Number 4, 1995, 469-494.

"Robust Inference in Communication Games with Partial Provability," with Duane J. Seppi, Journal of Economic Theory, 66, August 1995, 370-405.

"Information Processing and Bounded Rationality: A Survey," Canadian Journal of Economics, 28, February 1995, 42-67. Reprinted in P. Earl, ed., The Legacy of Herbert Simon in Economic Analysis, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2001.

"A Note on the Implications of Common Knowledge of Rationality," Games and Economic Behavior, 6, January 1994, 114-129.

"Private Provision of Public Goods Can Be Efficient," with Mark Bagnoli, Public Choice, 74, July 1992, 59-78.

"How to Decide How to Decide How to ... : Modeling Limited Rationality," Econometrica, 59, July 1991, 1105-1125.

"Informational Requirements and Strategic Complexity in Repeated Games," with Sanjay Srivastava, Games and Economic Behavior, 2, September 1990, 273-290.

"Delaying and Deterring Entry: A Game-Theoretic Analysis," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 14, July/October 1990, 685-708.

"Computation as a Correlation Device," with Sanjay Srivastava, Games and Economic Behavior, 2, June 1990, 154-172.

"Stock Repurchase as a Takeover Defense," with Mark Bagnoli and Roger Gordon, Review of Financial Studies, 2, Number 3, 1989, 423-443.

"Provision of Public Goods: Fully Implementing the Core through Private Contributions," with Mark Bagnoli, Review of Economic Studies, 56, October 1989, 583-601.

"Successful Takeovers without Exclusion," with Mark Bagnoli, Review of Financial Studies, 1, Spring 1988, 89-110.

"Cooperation among Egoists in Prisoners' Dilemma and Chicken Games," Public Choice, 51, Number 3, 1986, 315-331.

"Temptation," with Wolfgang Pesendorfer, in Acemoglu, Arellano, and Dekel, eds., Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Tenth World Congress, Volume 1, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

"How (Not) to Do Decision Theory," with Eddie Dekel, Annual Review of Economics, Volume 2, 2010, 257-282.

"Robert W. Rosenthal (1944-2002)," in S. N. Durlauf and L. E. Blume, eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

"Unforeseen Contingencies," in S. N. Durlauf and L. E. Blume, eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

"Language and Economics," in N. Dimitri, M. Basili, and I. Gilboa, eds., Cognitive Processes and Economic Behaviour, London: Routledge, 2003, pp. 75-94.

"Recent Developments in Modeling Unforeseen Contingencies," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, European Economic Review, 42, 1998, 523-542.

"Logics for Non-Omniscient Agents: An Axiomatic Approach," in M. Bacharach, L.-A. Gerard-Varet, P. Mongin, and H. Shin, eds., Epistemic Logic and the Theory of Games and Decisions, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer, 1997, 193-216.

"An Axiomatic Approach to the Logical Omniscience Problem," in R. Fagin, ed., Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About Knowledge: Proceedings of the Fifth Conference, San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1994.

"On the Strategic Advantages of a Lack of Common Knowledge," in R. Parikh, ed., Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About Knowledge: Proceedings of the Third Conference, San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1990.

Review of Gilboa's Theory of Decision under Uncertainty, Journal of Economic Literature, 48, March 2010.

Review of Gigerenzer and Selten's Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox , Journal of Economic Literature, September 2002.

"Comments on Economics and Language ," in A. Rubinstein's Economics and Language,, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

"Dedication: In Honor of Robert J. Aumann," International Journal of Game Theory, August 1999.

"More Absentmindedness," Games and Economic Behavior, 20, July 1997.

"Comments on Bicchieri: `The Epistemic Foundations of Nash Equilibrium'," in D. Little, ed., On the Reliability of Economic Models, Boston: Kluwer Academic Press, 1995.

Review of Rationality and Coordination, by Cristina Bicchieri, Games and Economic Behavior, 9, May 1995.

Review of Frontiers of Game Theory, editted by Ken Binmore, Alan Kirman, and Piero Tani, Southern Economic Journal, 61, April 1995.

Review of The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Club Goods, by Richard Cornes and Todd Sandler, Journal of Economic Literature, December 1987.

"Dynamic Behavior of a Firm Subject to Stochastic Regulatory Review: A Comment," International Economic Review, June 1985, 511-516.

"An Elementary Proof of the Optimality of Threshold Mechanisms," first draft June 2015, current draft July 2015.

"Why is Language Vague?," November 2009.


Fellow, Game Theory Society, 2017.

Fellow, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, 2011.

Member, Council of Game Theory Society, 2008-2013.

Fellow, Econometric Society, 2005.

Member of National Science Foundation prescreening panel for Learning and Intelligent Systems, 1997.


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Edited special issue of International Journal of Game Theory, August 1999.

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