Konstantin Sonin’s research interests lie in the fields of development economics, economic theory, and political economics, the study of the non-market and political activity of institutional agents and individuals. Accordingly, much of his work reflects a focus on applying behavioral microeconomic concepts, such as auctions and game theory, to an array of social and political phenomena that includes corruption, dictatorship, and the inequitable distribution of property.
Sonin’s work has earned him three research medals from the Global Development Network, as well as consecutive Best Economist awards from the Russian Academy of Science in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he was a visiting faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. In 2008, he earned the Ovsievich Memorial Prize in Mathematical Economics, which is awarded to Russian academics under the age of 40.
Sonin, a native of Russia, began his career in 2000 as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. The following year, he joined the New Economic School (NES) in Moscow as SUEK assistant professor. Since 2009, he has been professor of economics at NES, where has served as the vice-rector and director for undergraduate studies. He was visiting professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2009 to 2010. Since 2013, he has served as a professor of economics and vice-rector at the Higher School of Economics, one of the largest Russian Universities.
Sonin is a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research. He sits on the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Comparative Economics. Recently, he was named associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association. His nonacademic work includes a twice-monthly column in The Moscow Times and a weekly column Vedomosti, a Russian-language business daily.
Sonin completed his PhD in mathematics in 1998 at Moscow State University, where he also earned an MSc in 1995. He also completed an MA in economics at NES in 1998.