Economics

William C Brainard Professor of Economics; Professor of Management

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.

Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics

Fiona M. Scott Morton is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to internet retailing, and are published in leading economics journals.

Graduate Policy Fellow 2021

Sourav Sinha is a PhD candidate in the Economics Department at Yale. He studies labor market policies aimed at addressing disparities between men and women, and among other groups of labor force participants. His current research investigates how transparency about own and peer salaries and workplace social norms about privacy affect workers’ earnings. As an ISPS fellow, Sourav will study whether strategic dissemination of private earnings information helps or hurts the gender pay gap.

Dahl Scholar Liana Wang
Dahl Scholar, 2019 - 2020

Liana Wang is conducting research with the advising of Professor of Economics Costas Meghir on how the U.S. tax and welfare system affects income inequality on a national scale. Her project focuses on how measures of inequality shift by imputing national and state taxes and transfers using data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey from 1977 to the present. Liana is a senior majoring in Economics and a member of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights at Yale Law School.

Professor of Econ, Ebonya Washington
Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics

Ebonya Washington is the Samuel C. Park Jr.  Professor of Economics. She received her PhD in economics at MIT in 2003. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

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