Jonathan Levin


Stanford Graduate School of Business

Dean Levin joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. He rose through the ranks to become the Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory in the Department of Economics. He has taught market design, game theory, microeconomics, and industrial organization at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dean Levin was chair of the Department of Economics from 2011 to 2014. He was also professor, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and director of the Industrial Organization Program at the National Bureau for Economic Research.

He is known for his scholarship in industrial organization. His research has spanned a range of topics, including auction and marketplace design, the economics of organizations, consumer finance, and econometric methods. His recent research has focused on internet platforms, the health care system, and ways to incorporate new datasets into economic research.

Dean Levin received the John Bates Clark Medal in 2011 as the economist under the age of 40 working in the United States who made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of The Econometric Society, and a former Guggenheim Fellow, among many honors. Over the course of his career at Stanford, Dean Levin has won department and schoolwide awards for distinguished teaching. Beyond Stanford, he has served as an elected member of the American Economic Association’s Executive Committee, and he was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

In addition to undertaking academic research, Dean Levin has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Treasury. He was one of the economists who participated in the design of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, and he was part of the international expert group that designed the first vaccine advance market commitment.

Dean Levin resides in Palo Alto with his wife, Amy, a physician, and his three children. Outside of work, he enjoys watching his children’s soccer games and being active with his family in the community.


  • PhD, Economics, MIT, 1999
  • M. Phil, Economics, Oxford University, 1996
  • BA, English, Stanford University, 1994
  • BS, Mathematics, Stanford University, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2016–present
  • Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory, 2012–16
  • Professor (by Courtesy), Graduate School of Business, 2010–16
  • Full Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2008–16
  • Chair of the Department of Economics, 2011–14
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2005–08
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2000–05