Yossi Feinberg

Yossi Feinberg
Professor, Economics
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Additional Administrative Titles

  • Director, Driving Innovation and New Ventures in Established Organizations
  • Director, Stanford Ignite – Full-Time
  • Director, Stanford Ignite – Part-Time
  • Director, Stanford Ignite – Post-9/11 Veterans

Research Statement

Yossi Feinberg’s research centers on the analysis of information in strategic decision making. He works on the modeling of costly decision making, reasoning about unawareness, dynamic interactive decisions, reasoning about high order uncertainties, and more. Some of his work includes a method for the novice to test potential experts who claim to be informed of some uncertain future events, a study on how uncertainties about others’ uncertainties can lead to delay in bargaining and the modeling of strategic communication.


Yossi Feinberg received his PhD in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1997. His thesis studied how differing prior beliefs of decision makers can be expressed by their disagreement on current (posterior) events. After completing his dissertation under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Robert J. Aumann, Yossi began teaching economics at Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Yossi joined Stanford GSB in 1998.

Yossi’s teaching interests include Economics of Organization, Managerial Economics, Strategy, Information Markets, Game Theory and Applied Decision Making. In 2003 he received the MBA distinguished teaching award.

Yossi’s recent research interests include, for example, the analysis and implication of strategic decision making in the face of unawareness. He has modeled games with unawareness and their solutions. In these games each decision maker can reason about the extent to which others may only have a limited perception of the full scale of the economic interaction at hand. Yossi was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and is serving as a referee for all major microeconomics journals. He has given numerous invited seminars as well as multiple plenary talks at academic conferences.

He has been consulting in a wide range of industries including hi-tech, media and healthcare as well as giving invited talks on topics such as pricing, the sub-prime crisis, in-house vs. outsourcing, allocating decision power in organizations and strategic interactions.

He is the faculty director of Stanford Ignite, a global innovation program running on the Stanford Campus.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1997
  • MSc, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996
  • BSc, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1991

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1998
  • Assistant Professor, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1996-1998

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, MBA, Stanford GSB, 2003


Journal Articles

Yossi Feinberg, Nicolas S. Lambert. International Journal of Game Theory. 2014.
Yossi Feinberg, Colin Steward. Econometrica. May 2008, Vol. 76, Issue 3, Pages 561-582.
Yossi Feinberg, Eddie Dekel. The Review of Economic Studies . October 2006, Vol. 73, Issue 4, Pages 893-906.
Yossi Feinberg. Games and Economic Behavior. July 2005, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Pages 54-93.
Yossi Feinberg. Games and Economic Behavior. July 2005, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Pages 94-132.
Yossi Feinberg, Andrzej Skrzypacz. Econometrica. January 2005, Vol. 73, Issue 1, Pages 69-91.

Book Chapters

Yossi Feinberg. New Perspectives on Games and Interaction. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008, Pages 105-119.

Working Papers

Games with Unawareness | PDF
Yossi Feinberg2012
Ranking Friends | PDF
Yossi Feinberg, Willemein Kets2012
Games with Incomplete Awareness | PDF
Yossi Feinberg2005
A True Expert Knows which Question Should be Asked | PDF
Yossi Feinberg, Eddie Dekel2004


Degree Courses


This course covers foundational topics in microeconomic theory and is suitable for students who have completed the first year of their PhD studies and have taken a game theory or an advanced applied theory course. Sample topics include the...


This course studies topics in non-cooperative game theory with an emphasis on foundations of game theory. Sample topics include: Modeling incomplete information (e.g. Mertens & Zamir and type spaces), Learning (e.g. Blackwell's...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

Intrapreneurship @ Nokia Software: Instilling Culture Change | SM320A
Yossi Feinberg, Sheila Melvin2019
PMC-Sierra: Riding the Waves of Disruption (A) | SM272A
Yossi Feinberg, Debra Schifrin, Derek Dicker2019
PMC-Sierra: Riding the Waves of Disruption (B) | SM272B
Yossi Feinberg, Debra Schifrin, Derek Dicker2019
Netflix and the State of Streaming Video in 2011 | SM267
Yossi Feinberg, Christy Johnson2017
The Competitive Advantage of Netflix | SM268
Yossi Feinberg, Christy Johnson2017

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