Robert Gibbons is a recognized leader in organizational economics, applied microeconomics, and behavioral economics. His research centers on the study and creation of theoretical and empirical models for organizational design, human resource management and corporate strategy.
He coedited The Handbook of Organizational Economics (2013) which is fast becoming a leading textbook in its field.
Gibbons began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, then took a tenured position at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1991. In 1997, he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently professor of organizational economics, as well as the Sloan Distinguished Service Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management.
Gibbons is the founding director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Working Group on Organizational Economics. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. Earlier in his career, he was the awarded a number of other research fellowships—from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Alfred P.Sloan Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he has also served on the board of trustees and the fellow selection committee—as well as four grants from the National Science Foundation.
He received his PhD in decision sciences from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1985. He also earned an MPhil from Cambridge University in 1981 and a BA from Harvard University in 1980.