Larry Samuelson Named the Inaugural Melamed Professor

Larry Samuelson, newly named as the inaugural A. Douglas Melamed Professor of Economics, focuses his research and teaching on microeconomic theory, game theory, repeated games and the evolutionary foundations of economic behavior.

He is the author of “The Marginal Product of Capital in an Aggregate Production Function,” “Evolutionary Games and Equilibrium Selection” and, most recently, “Repeated Games and Reputations: Long-Run Relationships.” He edited “Microeconomic Theory (Recent Economic Thought).” In addition, he has written numerous book chapters and articles on economic research and behavior.

Samuelson joined the Yale faculty in 2007 after teaching since 1990 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was named the Antoine Augustin Cournot Professor of Economics, and, later, the Hilldale Professor of Economics. Prior to that, he taught at Pennsylvania State University (1982-1990) and Syracuse University (1979-1982), and was a visiting assistant professor of economics at the University of Florida in Gainesville (1978-1979). At Penn State, he served as associate director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation from 1988 to 1990.

The economist earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana.

At Yale, Samuelson is affiliated with the Cowles Foundation. He teaches courses in introductory economics, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, operations research, the history of economic thought, game theory, macroeconomic theory, mathematical economics and mechanism design.

Samuelson is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is a member of the international advisory boards for the New Economic School in Moscow and for the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics. He is also a member of the Game Theory Society Council. He serves on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Economic Theory and Theoretical Economics. Since 2005, he has been a co-editor of Econometrica.

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