Phil Reny is a leading microeconomic theorist. Much of his recent work examines core microeconomic concepts -- such as games, both multi-stage and discontinuous, and auctions -- under different conditions of strategy, efficiency and risk. Students and scholars alike will likely recognize him as an author of Advanced Microeconomic Theory, a widely used textbook he cowrote with Geoffrey A. Jehle.
Reny’s work has won him five grants from the National Science foundation, in addition to two more from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It has also earned him his current positions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Political Economy and the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. He became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.
Reny became the William C. Norby Professor in Economics and the College in 2007. He first joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1999, serving as chair of the Department of Economics from 2006 to 2009. He has also held permanent faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Western Ontario dating back to 1986. Since 1996, he has been a fellow of the Econometric Society. He is a founding member of the Game Theory Society, for which he currently sits on the governing council.
Reny completed his PhD in economics at Princeton University in 1988. He earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1982 and a bachelor’s in economics and mathematics from Carleton University in 1981.