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Drew Fudenberg is the Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His extensive research spans many aspects of game theory, including equilibrium theory, learning in games, evolutionary game theory, and many applications of game theory to other fields.


Drew Fudenberg obtained his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1978, when he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. After completing his Ph.D. in just three years, he began his assistant professorship at the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. At Berkeley, Fudenberg was tenured at the age of 28. In 1987, he returned to a faculty position at MIT, where he taught for 6 years. In 1993, Fudenberg accepted a faculty position in the Economics department of his alma mater, Harvard University.

Fudenberg was the associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory from 1984 to 1996; the Quarterly Journal of Economics from 1984 to 1989; Econometrica from 1985 to 1996; Games and Economic Behavior from 1988 to 1993, and the foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies from 1993 to 1996. He was also the principal editor of Econometrica from 1996 until 2000.


  • Fudenberg was one of the first to apply game theoretic analysis in industrial organization, bargaining theory, and contract theory. He has also authored papers on repeated games, reputation effects, and behavioral economics.

    Fudenberg has authored many books on game theory, including Game Theory with Jean Tirole, a primary reference for graduate students in economics; Dynamic Models of Oligopoly, also with Jean Tirole; and Theory of Learning in Games with David K. Levine.

    He received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.