Ben Polak

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Ben Polak
Born (1961-12-22) December 22, 1961 (age 57)
ResidenceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1984)
Northwestern University (M.A., 1986)
Harvard University (Ph.D., 1992)
AwardsDeVane Medal (2005) for teaching[2]
Scientific career
Fieldsdecision theory, game theory and economic history
InstitutionsNew Economic School
University of Melbourne
Yale University
ThesisProblems from the history of capital markets (1992)
Doctoral advisorJeffrey G. Williamson[3]

Benjamin "Ben" Polak (born 22 December 1961) is a British professor of economics and management and Provost at Yale University. From 1999-2001 Polak was the Henry Kohn Associate Professor of Economics[4][5] and is now the inaugural William C. Brainard Professor of Economics.[6] In January 2013, he became the Provost of Yale University.[7]

Polak specialises in microeconomic theory, has published 19 peer reviewed papers in leading journals, and is Associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory.

Courses taught[edit]

In fall 2007, Polak participated in the Open Yale Courses initiative, recording the 24 lecture series and making all course materials freely available on the Internet.[8] Polak describes the motivation for his participation in the scheme as delivering an Ivy League standard education to a wider audience, "It’s not the full Yale experience, unfortunately, but it’s something.”


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  2. ^ Polak and Prown are honored with DeVane Medals for teaching Yale Bulletin & Calendar, March 4, 2005 (Volume 33, Number 21)
  3. ^ Ben Polak at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Polak Assumes Kohn Associate Chair in Economics Yale Bulletin & Calendar, June 21-July 19, 1999
  5. ^ "Yale School of Management - Faculty - Benjamin Polak". Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  6. ^ Benjamin Polak Is the Inaugural William C. Brainard Professor Archived July 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine from Yale University Office of Public Affairs, November 14, 2008
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  8. ^ ECON159 Game Theory with Professor Benjamin Polak at Open Yale Courses

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