Matthew Jackson



  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • Stanford University
Department of Economics


  • United States


PhD (Economics), Stanford University
BA (Economics), Princeton University


Matthew Jackson is an economist whose research interests include social and economic networks.

He has applied game theoretic reasoning to the study of network formation, and has also worked on theories of the roles of social networks in transmitting information and influencing behaviour. He has examined how hiring through social networks affects wage inequality and social mobility, and has recently examined the impact of segregation and homophily in networks, as well as favour exchange and diffusion through social networks in rural villages. Jackson has made contributions to the study of ‘mechanism design and implementation theory,’ including research on the design of institutions ranging from markets and voting systems to the mutual-insurance systems in rural economies.


Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015

Honorary Doctorate, Aix-Marseille Université, 2013

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009

B.E. Press Arrow Prize for Senior Economists, 2007

Social Choice and Welfare Prize, 2001

Relevant Publications

Banerjee, A. et al. “The Diffusion of Microfinance.” Science 341, no. 6144 (July 2013).

Jackson, M.O. et al. “Social Capital and Social Quilts: Network Patterns of Favor Exchange.” Am. Econ. Rev. 102, no. 5 (August 2012): 1857–1897.

Jackson, M.O., and M. Morelli. "Political Bias and War.'' Am. Econ. Rev. 97, no. 4 (September 2007): 1353–1373.

Calvó-Armengol, A., and M.O. Jackson. "The Effects of Social Networks on Employment and Inequality.” Am. Econ. Rev. 94, no. 3 (June 2004): 426–54.

Jackson, M.O., and A. Wolinsky. "A strategic model of social and economic networks." J. Econ. Theory 71, no. 1 (1996): 44–74.

Jackson, M.O. Social and economic networks. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.


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