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George J. Mailath is Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a visiting professorship in the Research School of Economics, Australian National University. A native of Australia, Professor Mailath earned his undergraduate degree at the Australian National University in 1980. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, and then joined the faculty at University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor in 1985, was promoted to associate professor in 1992, professor in 1995, and was appointed the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences in 1998. He was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences in 2003. In 2006-2007, Professor Mailath was Alfred Cowles Professor of Economics at Yale University. In the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Mailath is currently chair of the department and has formerly served as director of undergraduate studies and director of graduate studies.
His research interests include pricing, noncooperative game theory, evolutionary game theory, repeated games, social norms, and the foundations of reputations. Oxford University Press published the coauthored (with Professor Larry Samuelson) graduate text Repeated Games and Reputations: Long Run Relationships in August 2006. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the Econometric Society. He is currently on the Council of the Econometric Society, was on the Council of the Game Theory Society 2005-2011, and was one of the founders of the journal Theoretical Economics (the Econometric Society assumed responsibility for Theoretical Economics in 2009).
Professor Mailath is currently the editor of Theoretical Economics. He was the theory co-editor of the Econometric Society Monograph Series, 2008-2013, and was a member of the Economics Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation in 2008 and 2009. He is or has been an associate editor or editorial board member of Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, the International Economic Review, and Economic Theory.