Hal R. Varian
Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management.
He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.
Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.
The Journal of Public Economic Theory has published a
Commemorating works of James Andreoni, Theodore
Bergstrom, Larry Blume, and Hal Varian (link)
The International Honor Society in Economics has
published a special commemorative issue of its journal,
The Americian Economist, that contains noteworthy articles
from the past 50 years. My
to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time is
included in this special issue.
In April, 2015, I was named
Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics
On January 3, I delivered
the 2010 Ely Lecture at the American Economics
I have retired from Berkeley and am now serving as
In 2006 I received
the Alexander von
My paper "Positions
Gerowski prize for the best article published in
the International Journal of Industrial Organization
issue of the Journal of Public Economics that celebrates
the 20th anniversary of the Bergstrom, Blume, and Varian paper on the
Private Provision of Public Goods".
I recently received an honorary Ph.D. from the University
of Karlsruhe. I also hold an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Oulu
Accenture says I am number 9 on their list of the top
50 business intellectuals
says that Information Rules is
one of the 75
smartest books they know about strategy.