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Decision Making / Behavioral Economics - Scott Duke Kominers, Harvard University
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Harvard Business School
MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor of Business Administration

Scott Duke Kominers is the MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, as well as a Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Department of Economics and the Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications, an Associate of the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society, and a Research Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He teaches the MBA elective course “Making Markets” (M2) and a doctoral course on market design. He also periodically writes for Bloomberg View.

Please see Professor Kominers’s personal website at www.scottkom.com.

Professor Kominers’s research focuses on market design, developing economic analysis that provides practical solutions to real-world problems. He works at all stages of the economic design process—building underlying theory and technology, identifying new design applications, and working with practitioners to implement solutions to market failures. He also advises startups engaged in marketplace development and design, and co-leads one of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity global working groups on inequality.

Professor Kominers has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Star Family Fund, the William F. Milton Fund, and the Oxford Martin School, among others. He received the AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize in 2010, was named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow in 2015, and won the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising in 2016.

After receiving his AB summa cum laude _and Phi Beta Kappa _in mathematics (with a minor in ethnomusicology) at Harvard University in 2009, Professor Kominers earned his AM and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard, in 2010 and 2011, respectively.  From 2011-2013, he was the inaugural Research Scholar at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago; then from 2013-2017, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Professor Kominers uses his knowledge of math and music to motivate students in the classroom.

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