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Matthew Jackson Economist

Matthew Jackson’s research interests include the study of social and economic networks. He has applied game theoretic reasoning to the study of network formation, and 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 studies of the design of institutions ranging from markets and voting systems to the mutual-insurance systems in rural economies.


Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015.

Honorary Doctorate, Aix-Marseille Université, 2013.

Elected 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

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

M.O. Jackson et al, “Social Capital and Social Quilts: Network Patterns of Favor Exchange,” Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 1857-1897, Aug. 2012.

M.O. Jackson and M. Morelli, "Political Bias and War,'' Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 1353-1373, Sept. 2007.

A. Calvó-Armengol and M.O. Jackson, "The Effects of Social Networks on Employment and Inequality,'' Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 94, no. 3, pp. 426-454, June 2004.

M.O. Jackson and A. Wolinsky, "A strategic model of social and economic networks," J. Econ. Theory, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 44-74, 1996.


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



Senior Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


Stanford UniversityDepartment of Economics


PhD (Economics) Stanford University

BA (Economics) Princeton University


United States

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