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Eric S. Maskin

American Jewish Recipients of the Nobel Prize

Eric S. Maskin: Nobel Prize
in Economics Recipient 2007

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Eric S. Maskin is an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 2007, which he shared with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger B. Myerson for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory.

He was born on December 12, 1950, in New York City. He grew up in Alpine, New Jersey. Maskin graduated from Tenafly High School, in Tenafly, New Jersey, in 1968. He attended Harvard University where he received A.B. in Mathematics, in 1972, his A.M. in Applied Mathematics, 1974, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, in 1976.

After graduation, he went as a research fellow to Cambridge University, England in 1976. He then taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1977-1984. He then became the Louis Berkman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, 1985-2000. Maskin then went to the Institute for Advanced study in Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, in 2000.

Eric S. Maskin has received many honors and awards:
● National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1972-1975
● National Science Foundation Research Grants, 1977-
● Economic and Social Science Research Council Grants, 1978-1995
● Guggenheim Fellowship, 1983-1985
● Sloan Research Fellowship, 1983-1985
● Galbraith Teaching Price, Harvard University, 1990-1992
● Fellow, Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected, 1994
● Monash Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Monash University, Australia, 2003
● Corresponding Fellow, British Academy, 2003
● Honorary Professor, Wuhan University, China, 2004
● Honorary Fellow, St. John’s College, Cambridge, 2007
● Nobel Prize in Economics, 2007
● Honorary Professor, Tsinghua University, China, 2007
● EFR-Business Week Award, 2008

Eric S. Maskin is married and has two children. He is currently at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey.

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