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Benjamin Polak, PhD

Provost and William C. Brainard Professor of Economics

Contact Information

Benjamin Polak, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    PO Box 208229

    New Haven, CT, 06520

    United States

Benjamin Polak
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Ben Polak is the William C. Brainard Professor of Economics, and was appointed as provost of Yale University in January 2013. He joined the Yale faculty in 1994. He has a B.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. in history from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Yale, he was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a visiting professor in the initial year of the New Economics School in Moscow. He holds a joint appointment in Yale’s Department of Economics and at the Yale School of Management, teaching mostly decision theory and game theory. He has also taught in Yale Law School in a courtesy appointment. He was chair of the Department of Economics from 2010 until he assumed his current role.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Harvard University (1992)
  • MA
    Northwestern University (1986)
  • BA
    Trinity College (1984)

Honors & Recognition

Graduate Teaching Prize, Economics Department2015
William Clyde DeVane Medal for undergraduate teaching and scholarship2015
Graduate Advising Prize2015
The Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences2006

Professional Service

Henry Kohn Associate Professor Chair1999 - 2001