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Hal Varian

Chief Economist
Google, Inc.

Dr. Hal Varian is Chief Economist at Google specializing in microeconomics and information economics. He joined Google in 2002 as a consultant, and has worked on the design of advertising auctions, econometrics, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. Dr. Varian is also Professor Emeritus in the School of Information at the Hass School of Business, and in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Varian has written two bestselling textbooks Intermediate Microeconomics, an undergraduate microeconomics text, and Microeconomic Analysis, an advanced text. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recently awarded Dr. Varian the Humboldt Prize, an annual honor given to renowned scientists and scholars.
Dr. Varian received his B.S. from MIT in economics in 1969 and both his M.A. (mathematics) and Ph.D. (economics) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He has taught at MIT, Stanford University, the University of Oxford, the University of Michigan, and other universities around the world. He has two honorary doctorates, from the University of Oulu, Finland in 2002, and a Dr. h. c. from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, awarded in 2006.