Jonathan Levin

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


Jonathan Levin, a distinguished economist and academic leader, is the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. During his tenure as dean, Stanford GSB’s faculty and educational programs have prospered, and the school has expanded its efforts in key areas, including technology and sustainability. Levin is widely recognized for his scholarship in microeconomics and industrial organization. He received the John Bates Clark Medal as the outstanding American economist under the age of 40. He currently serves as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, MIT, 1999
  • MPhil in Economics, Oxford University, 1996
  • BA in English, BS in Mathematics; Stanford University; 1994

Academic Appointments

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

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Committee of the MIT Economics Department, 2023–present
  • President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 2021–present
  • Trustee, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2020–present
  • Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Advisory Board, 2016–present
  • Director of the Industrial Organization Program, NBER, 2014–2016
  • Executive Committee, American Economic Association, 2013–15
  • Council of the Econometric Society, 2013–15
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2003–present

Awards and Honors

  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universidad ESAN, 2023
  • Dean of the Year, Poets and Quants, 2022
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2014
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2012
  • John Bates Clark Medal, 2011
  • Fellow, Econometric Society, 2008
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford, 2005
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2004
  • Review of Economic Studies Speaking Tour, 1999
  • George Webb Medley Thesis and Exam Prizes, Oxford, 1996
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
  • President’s Award for Academic Performance, Stanford, 1991


Journal Articles

Paul Dolfen, Liran Einav, Pete Klenow, Benjamin Klopack, Jonathan Levin, Larry Levin, Wayne Best
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
January 2023 Vol. 15 Issue 1 Pages 342–370
Michael Kremer, Jonathan Levin, Christopher M. Snyder
Management Science
July 2022 Vol. 68 Issue 7 Pages 4755–5555
Jonathan Zhang, Yiwei Chen, Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, Jay Bhattacharya
Health Economics
March 2021
Vilsa Curto, Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, Jay Bhattacharya
Journal of Political Economy
February 2021 Vol. 129 Issue 2 Pages 570–606
Michael Kremer, Jonathan Levin, Christopher M. Snyder
AEA Papers and Proceedings
May 2020 Vol. 110 Pages 269–273
Vilsa Curto, Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan Levin, Jay Bhattacharya
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
April 2019 Vol. 11 Issue 2 Pages 303–332
Liran Einav, Stephanie Lee, Jonathan Levin
Health Economics
February 2019 Vol. 28 Issue 2 Pages 261–279
Michael Dinerstein, Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, Neel Sundaresan
American Economic Review
July 2018 Vol. 108 Issue 7 Pages 1820–1859
Susan Athey, Jonathan Levin
Research in Economics
March 2018 Vol. 72 Issue 1 Pages 101–116
Liran Einav, Chiara Farronato, Jonathan Levin, Neel Sundaresan
Journal of Political Economy
February 2018 Vol. 126 Issue 1 Pages 178–215
Liran Einav, Chiara Farronato, Jonathan Levin
Annual Review of Economics
September 2016 Vol. 8
Jonathan Levin, Andrzej Skrzypacz
American Economic Review
September 2016 Vol. 106 Issue 9 Pages 2528–2551
Jonathan Levin
Journal of European Economic Association
November 2015 Vol. 13 Issue 6 Pages 998–1021
Jonathan Levin, Liran Einav, Theresa Kuchler, Neel Sundaresan
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
May 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 2 Pages 215–247
Jonathan Levin, Liran Einav
November 7, 2014 Vol. 364 Issue 6210
Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, Igor Popov, Neel Sundaresan
American Economic Review
May 2014 Vol. 104 Issue 5 Pages 489–494
Liran Einav, Dan Knoepfle, Jonathan Levin, Neel Sundaresan
American Economic Review
January 2014 Vol. 104 Issue 1 Pages 1–26
Jonathan Levin, Mark Jenkins
Rand Journal of Economics
June 18, 2013 Vol. 44 Issue 2 Pages 249–276
Susan Athey, Dominic Coey, Jonathan Levin
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
2013 Vol. 5 Issue 1 Pages 1–27
M. Kate Bundorf, Jonathan Levin, Neale Mahoney
American Economic Review
December 2012 Vol. 102 Issue 7 Pages 3214–3248
Jonathan Levin, James Poterba
Journal of Economic Perspectives
September 2012 Vol. 26 Issue 4 Pages 171–184
Liran Einav, Mark Jenkins, Jonathan Levin
July 2012 Vol. 80 Issue 4 Pages 1387–1432
Susan Athey, Jonathan Levin, Enrique Seira
Quarterly Journal of Economics
February 2011 Vol. 126 Issue 1 Pages 207–257
Christopher Avery, Jonathan Levin
American Economic Review
December 2010 Vol. 100 Issue 5 Pages 2125–2156
Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan Levin
Annual Review of Economics
September 2010 Vol. 2 Issue 1 Pages 311–336
Jonathan Levin, Steven Tadelis
The Journal of Industrial Economics
September 2010 Vol. 58 Issue 3 Pages 507–541
Jonathan Levin, Paul R. Milgrom
American Economic Review
May 2010 Vol. 100 Issue 2 Pages 603–607
Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin
Journal of Economic Perspectives
April 2010 Vol. 24 Issue 2 Pages 145–162
Jonathan Levin
The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics
August 2009 Vol. 9 Issue 1 Pages 1–25
K. Arrow, A. Auerbach, J. Bertko, S. Brownlee, L.P. Casalino, J. Cooper, F.J. Crosson, Alain C. Enthoven, E. Falcone, R.C. Feldman, V.R. Fuchs, A.M. Garber, M.R. Gold, D. Goldman, G.K. Hadfield, M.A. Hall, R.I. Horwitz, M. Hooven, P.D. Jacobson, T.S. Jost, L.J. Kotlikoff, Jonathan Levin, S. Levine, R. Levy, K. Linscott, H.S. Luft, R. Mashal, D. McFadden, D. Mechanic, D. Meltzer, J.P. Newhouse, R.G. Noll, J.B. Pietzsch, P. Pizzo, R.D. Reischauer, S. Rosenbaum, W. Sage, L.D. Schaeffer, E. Sheen, B.M. Silber, J. Skinner, S.M. Shortell, S.O. Thier, S. Tunis, L. Wulsin, Jr., P. Yock, G.B. Nun, S. Bryan, O. Luxenburg, W.P. van de Ven
Annals of Internal Medicine
April 2009 Vol. 150 Issue 7 Pages 493–495
William Adams, Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin
American Economic Review
March 2009 Vol. 99 Issue 1 Pages 49–84
Patrick Bajari, Lanier Benkard, Jonathan Levin
September 2007 Vol. 75 Issue 5 Pages 1331–1370
Jeremy I. Bulow, Jonathan Levin
American Economic Review
June 2006 Vol. 96 Issue 3 Pages 652–668
Jonathan Levin, Steven Tadelis
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
February 2005 Vol. 120 Issue 1 Pages 131–171
Jonathan Levin
American Economic Review
June 2003 Vol. 93 Issue 3 Pages 835–857
Jonathan Levin
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
August 2002 Vol. 117 Issue 3 Pages 1075–1103
Jonathan Levin
The RAND Journal of Economics
December 2001 Vol. 32 Issue 4 Pages 657–666
Jonathan Levin
Games and Economic Behavior
February 1997 Vol. 18 Issue 2 Pages 176–192
Jonathan Levin, Barry Nalebuff
Journal of Economics Perspectives
December 1995 Vol. 9 Issue 1 Pages 3–26

Book Chapters

Jeremy I. Bulow, Jonathan Levin, Paul R. Milgrom
Handbook of Spectrum Auction Design
2017 Pages 689–712
Jonathan Levin, Liran Einav
NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 14
2014 Pages 1–24
Jonathan Levin, Daron Acemoglu, Manuel Arellano, Eddie Dekel
Advances in Economics and Econometrics
May 2013 Vol. 1 Pages 48–75
Timothy F. Bresnahan, Jonathan Levin
The Handbook of Organizational Economics (edited by Robert Gibbons and John Roberts)
2013 Pages 853–890
Jonathan Levin, Richard Levin
Economics for an Imperfect World: Essays in Honor of Joseph E. Stiglitz
October 2003 Pages 221–246

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

December 13, 2023
Keep your brain warm with these book suggestions.
December 06, 2022
Our favorite episodes from the past year delve into business topics from workplace communication and power to technology, finance, and economics.
September 28, 2022
In this episode, Dean Jon Levin shares his thoughts on the changing role of communication in business leadership.
August 16, 2022
Dean says today’s business leaders have great opportunities to use modern technology for good while mitigating its harms.
April 15, 2022
Years of patient collaboration generated insights that have narrowed the gap between economics and the real world.
October 15, 2021
Even modest improvements to organ exchange markets can save many lives. That’s where economists and operations experts come in.
November 20, 2020
Access to superabundant data has transformed the methods of scholastic inquiry — and possibly the basic tenets of inquiry itself.
September 25, 2019
At the Stanford China Economic Forum, experts lay out the risks of a relationship unraveled.
June 24, 2019
Three Stanford scholars explore how we measure innovation, how innovation drives productivity, and how productivity affects inequality.
December 05, 2017
15 Stanford business professors recommend books for those long winter nights.
September 15, 2017
The co-founder of Nike discusses the business challenge that almost sank his company, and the charitable causes that make a difference.
November 29, 2016
Why do some companies pay less for broadcast and wireless spectrum? They leverage a flaw in the process.

School News

June 19, 2024
Jonathan Reckford, in commencement address, offers insights about weathering “storms” of life
June 10, 2024
Stanford GSB hosts a wide-ranging forum on responsible leadership in a polarized world.
May 16, 2024
Professor Peter DeMarzo will serve as interim dean beginning August 1, when Dean Jonathan Levin becomes Stanford’s president.
April 22, 2024
Event highlights importance of business and government collaboration to solve contemporary problems
April 05, 2024
Faculty grants spur momentum in Business, Government, and Society initiative
April 04, 2024
Jonathan Levin has been appointed the 13th president of Stanford University.
January 18, 2024
If/Then aims to help business leaders address modern problems
October 25, 2023
In Washington and around the globe, faculty are helping policymakers untangle knotty problems.
August 14, 2023
Meetings at Congress and the White House focused on the future of American business.
June 21, 2023
Business leader Henry Fernandez lauds the power of “unshakable belief in the future.”
May 31, 2023
The Stanford Ecopreneurship program offers a set of courses and opportunities that support students in addressing the global climate transition.
May 31, 2023
Bolstered by a partnership with Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford GSB increases support for resources catalyzing climate solutions.
January 30, 2023
Stanford alumni, faculty, and industry leaders met in Singapore to explore the connections between Asia and the U.S.
December 16, 2022
Interdisciplinary focus will be required to solve the climate crisis, deans say.
September 29, 2021
Jonathan Levin and William Dally to join White House panel on science and technology.
October 08, 2019
With new data, pilot programs, and lots of listening, Stanford GSB will build on existing efforts to promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
August 16, 2016
Jonathan Levin talks auction theory, business education, and dinner-table economics.
May 23, 2016
The former chair of the Stanford Department of Economics and a renowned expert in the field of industrial organization will be the tenth dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business.