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Key Profile Area: Social and Economic Behavior

Prof. Gary E. Bolton

Member of the Global Faculty

O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Management Economics, University of Texas at Dallas 

Academic Appointments


Penn State University.  Final title: Schwartz Professor of Business


Visiting Professor, University of Cologne


Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School


Visiting Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Germany.


Visiting Scholar, Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Visiting Scholar, California Institute of Technology.


Visiting Scholar, University of Bonn.


Visiting Scholar, Institute of Economic Analysis (IAE), Barcelona

Research Expertise

Decision-making: negotiation, cooperation, trust, reputation building, social utility, strategic learning. Economic design: market trust systems and negotiation decision support. Methods: experimental (lab) economics, game theory.

Teaching Expertise

Decision-making: game theory, auctions, negotiation, conflict resolution. Laboratory methods. Managerial economics. Quantitative methods & statistics. Negotiation seminars for MBAs, professional, business and legal audiences.MBA Core Instructor Award, Penn State, 1996-7, 1998-9 & 1999-2000, 2010-2011Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award, Carnegie Mellon, 1989-90., CONSULTINGMember of team that advised eBay on policies for Feedback 2.0, 2006. 



Ph.D., Economics, Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University


M.A., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley


B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Drew University 

Contribution to the KPA II:

He is working in three areas with other members of the KPA. In one area, they are examining the efficacy of Internet reputation (feedback) systems, where they work well and where they do not work well, and how they might be made better. In a second area of research, they are examining how managers forecast and respond to operational risks, such as inventory accumulations. A third area is more basic research into group decision making under uncertainty.