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Joel Watson

Type: Faculty

Name: Joel Watson

Title: Professor

Degree: Ph.D.

Degree From: Stanford University  

Degree Year: 1992

Fields of Research: Environmental and Resource Economics (Primary), Law & Economics, Microeconomic Theory

Research Interest: Economic Theory, in particular the analysis of contracts and institutions

Research Statement: Joel Watson is an economic theorist who specializes in developing game theoretic models of contractual settings. His work addresses topics in several applied areas, including labor and macroeconomics, international economics, and the law. Watson is also the CEO of, a non-profit company that serves as the central repository for advertisements, applications, and letters of recommendation for the academic economics job market. Watson has served as an editor and/or board member for the B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, and the International Journal of Game Theory. His book Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory is a popular text for advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students.