Jonathan Levin


Jonathan Levin

Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business


Jonathan Levin is the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed as the 10th dean of the school in September 2016.

Dean Levin joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. He rose through the ranks to become the Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory in the Department of Economics. He has taught market design, game theory, microeconomics, and industrial organization at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dean Levin was chair of the Department of Economics from 2011 to 2014. He was also professor, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and director of the Industrial Organization Program at the National Bureau for Economic Research.

He is known for his scholarship in industrial organization. His research has spanned a range of topics, including auction and marketplace design, the economics of organizations, consumer finance, and econometric methods. His recent research has focused on internet platforms, the health care system, and ways to incorporate new datasets into economic research.

Dean Levin received the John Bates Clark Medal in 2011 as the economist under the age of 40 working in the United States who made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of The Econometric Society, and a former Guggenheim Fellow, among many honors. Over the course of his career at Stanford, Dean Levin has won department and schoolwide awards for distinguished teaching. Beyond Stanford, he has served as an elected member of the American Economic Association’s Executive Committee, and he was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

He earned a BS in math and a BA in English from Stanford in 1994, a Master of Philosophy in economics from Oxford University in 1996, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

In addition to undertaking academic research, Dean Levin has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Treasury. He was one of the economists who participated in the design of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, and he was part of the international expert group that designed the first vaccine advance market commitment.

Dean Levin resides in Palo Alto with his wife, Amy, a physician, and his three children. Outside of work, he enjoys watching his children’s soccer games and being active with his family in the community.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, MIT, 1999
  • M. Phil, Economics, Oxford University, 1996
  • BA, English, Stanford University, 1994
  • BS, Mathematics, Stanford University, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2016–present
  • Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory, 2012–16
  • Professor (by Courtesy), Graduate School of Business, 2010–16
  • Full Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2008–16
  • Chair of the Department of Economics, 2011–14
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2005–08
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2000–05

Professional Experience

  • Advisory Board of, 2009–13
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship Committee, 2009–14
  • External Visiting Committee, Yale Economics Department, 2011
  • Futures Seminar, Johns Hopkins Economics Department, 2011
  • IGM Chicago Booth Experts Panel, 2011–present
  • Executive Committee, American Economic Association, 2013–15
  • Council of the Econometric Society, 2013–15

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2014
  • American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Best Paper Award, 2014
  • Fellow, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, 2013
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2012
  • John Bates Clark Medal, 2011
  • Fellow, Econometric Society, 2008
  • Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, 2006
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford, 2005
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2004-2006
  • Department of Economics Teaching Prize, Stanford, 2004
  • Review of Economic Studies Speaking Tour, 1999
  • Robert M. Solow Graduate Fellowship, M.I.T., 1996–99
  • George Webb Medley Thesis Prize, Oxford, 1996
  • George Webb Medley Exam Prize, Oxford, 1996
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1994-1996
  • English Speaking Union Winston Churchill Scholarship, 1994–96
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
  • President’s Award for Academic Performance, Stanford, 1991


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