Michael D. Whinston is Sloan Fellows Professor Management and Professor of Economics at M.I.T. Previously, he was the Robert E. and Emily H. King Professor of Business Institutions in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University from 1997-2013, and prior to moving to Northwestern was Professor of Economics at Harvard. Whinston received his B.S. and M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and 1984, and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1984.
His research has covered a variety of topics in microeconomics and industrial organization, including firm behavior in oligopolistic markets, antitrust, game theory, the design of contracts and organizations, and law and economics. Whinston is a co-author of the leading graduate textbook in microeconomics, Microeconomic Theory [Oxford University Press, 1995], is the author of Lectures on Antitrust Economics [MIT Press, 2006], and more recently co-authored Microeconomics [McGraw-Hill, 2007; second edition 2013], an intermediate microeconomics text. Most recently, he received the Econometric Society’s Frisch Medal (awarded for the best applied paper published in Econometrica in the past five years) for his co-authored paper “Equilibria in Health Exchanges: Adverse Selection versus Reclassification Risk.”
He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.