Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

Benjamin Brooks

University of Chicago
Research Fellow
7/1/14 6/30/16

Benjamin Brooks applies a "computational flavor" to exploration of economic theory, including games of incomplete information, auction theory and mechanism design, and repeated games. Brooks joins the institute from Princeton University, where he received his PhD. He has also held research posts at Princeton, Yale University, and the World Bank.

Much of his research revolves around how incomplete information complicates classical game theory. Relaxing the assumptions of traditional theory has allowed Brooks and his coauthors (Dirk Bergemann and Stephen E. Morris) to ask some fundamental questions about how price discrimination functions in a monopolistic market: how does a firm decide how to divide their market up, and what would be the welfare consequences of doing so?

He was the recipient of the Harold W. Dodds Fellowship in 2012-2013, as well as a Princeton graduate and summer fellowship from 2008-2012. At Tufts University, where he received his bachelor's degree, he received Highest Thesis Honors and the Class of 1942 Scholarship.

Brooks received both his master's and PhD in economics from Princeton University, in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a BA in mathematics and quantitative economics in 2008.