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ERIC MASKIN - better elections PDF Print E-mail

ERIC MASKIN is Adams university professor at Harvard. In 2007 he shared the Nobel Prize in Economics for laying the foundations of the theory of mechanism design (the "reverse engineering¡¨ part of economics: given an economic goal, mechanism design shows how to construct a procedure" i.e., a mechanism for attaining that goal).

He got his PhD from Harvard in 1976 and did a postdoc at Cambridge University in 1976¡V77. He then taught at MIT from 1977 to 1984 and from 1985 to 2000 at Harvard, where he was Berkman professor of economics. After serving as Hirschman professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 2000 to 2012, he rejoined the Harvard faculty in 2012. In 2010, he was awarded the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In his spare time, he is an avid clarinetist and pianist (and an enthusiastic but mediocre squash player).

I plan to talk about a better way to elect presidents, showing that there is a simple way to reform the presidential voting system - without amending the Constitution - that would prevent fringe candidates like Ralph Nader or Ross Perot from changing the outcome of an election. and click here for the Scientific American article he wrote on this topic</

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