Crawford’s research focuses on game-theoretic microeconomics, with emphases on bargaining and arbitration, strategic communication, matching markets, learning, and coordination. His current research areas are behavioral and experimental game theory and behavioral economics more generally.
Crawford is the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, a fellow of All Souls College, and a distinguished emeritus professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Literature, Games and Economic Behavior, and New Zealand Economic Papers. From 2005 to 2009, he was coeditor of the American Economic Review. He has also served as associate editor of Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, and other journals, as well as on review boards for the National Science Foundation.
Crawford has given invited or plenary lectures at the Econometric Society Seventh World Congress; the Far Eastern Meetings of the Econometric Society; the First and Third World Congresses of the Game Theory Society; the International and North American Meetings of the Economic Science Association; and the twenty-sixth Arne Ryde Symposium. He has also given mini-courses at numerous universities around the world. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, as well as a charter member of the Game Theory Society
Crawford earned his doctorate in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His term as a visitor was supported by generous funding from a 2010-11 CME Group Foundation Visiting Fellowship.