Parag Pathak’s research centers on the design and evaluation of student assignment systems. He has assisted with the design of school assignment mechanisms in New York City, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and Denver.
He joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 2008. He is director of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative and the founding codirector of the National Bureau of Economic Research's Working Group on Market Design. He also serves as associate editor for the American Economic Review and a board member with the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice.
Pathak has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and as a distinguished game theorist under the age of 40, was selected to give the Shapley Lecture at the International Meeting of the Game Theory Society.
He earned his PhD in business economics at Harvard University. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard.
Past Visit Dates: April 23 to May 3, 2013