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Ben Polak

Ben Polak
Born (1961-12-22) December 22, 1961 (age 54)
Residence New Haven, CT, United States
Nationality British
Fields decision theory, game theory and economic history
Institutions New Economic School
University of Melbourne
Yale University
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1984)
Northwestern University (M.A., 1986)
Harvard University (Ph.D., 1992)
Thesis Problems from the history of capital markets (1992)
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Notable awards DeVane Medal (2005) for teaching[1]
Children 3[2]

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[3][4] and is now the inaugural William C. Brainard Professor of Economics.[5] In January 2013, he became the Provost of Yale University.[6]

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

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.[7] 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.”


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

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