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Timothy Van Zandt

Timothy Van Zandt

Dean of Faculty and Research, INSEAD

Timothy Van Zandt has been appointed Dean of Faculty and Research in October 2013 and has been Professor of Economics at INSEAD since 1999. As an undergraduate, he spent four years in Bogotá, Colombia, in the early 1980s. Timothy then obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, and was assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Princeton University from 1990 to 1998. He has had several one-year research appointments: post-doctoral member of AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey (1989-1990); research fellow at CORE in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1993-1994); visiting research professor at the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Managerial Science at Northwestern University (1998-1999); visiting professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University (2003-2004); visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey (2003-2004); and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics at Columbia University (2010-2011). Timothy has had shorter visits at Yale University and the Universidad Juan Carlos III, Madrid. He is also a CEPR Research Fellow.

Timothy’s research focuses on microeconomic theory, particularly the economics of organizations, bounded rationality (learning, information processing, and communication), and mathematical economics. His recent publications (in journals such as the RAND Journal of EconomicsJournal of Economics TheoryEconomic Theory, and the Review of Economic Studies) cover topics such as equilibria in Bayesian games, communication, and decentralized information processing in organizations. Timothy participates in many seminars and conferences in North America and Europe, he is a referee or reviewer for many academic journals and academic presses, and he is Associate Editor and Production Editor of theJournal of the European Economic Association.

Timothy has broad teaching experience at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels. At INSEAD, he teaches managerial economics (Prices and Markets) and advanced game theory to MBA students. In the process of teaching managerial economics at INSEAD, at Northwestern University, and at New York University, he has developed a textbook and web-based platform for imperfect competition games. For PhD students at INSEAD, he teaches microeconomic theory, game theory, and mathematical economics; he has been on the dissertation committees of several PhD students in disciplines outside of economics.