Who is Eric S. Maskin

Eric S. Maskin is an Adams University Professor at Harvard. His areas of research include game theory, incentives, auction design, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy and intellectual property. In 2007, he shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson for their work on the foundations of mechanism design theory. This theory explores how institutions can achieve desirable social or economic goals given the constraints of individuals' self-interest and incomplete information. 


Eric S. Maskin was born in New York City on December 12, 1950 and grew up in Alpine, New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972, his Master of Arts degree in 1974 and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1976, all from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University. From 1977 to 1984, he was a faculty member at MIT. He was also a faculty member at Harvard from 1985 to 2000 and at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2000 to 2011. He rejoined the faculty at Harvard in 2012.