Timothy Van Zandt


Short bio

I started my undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. I went to Bogotá, Colombia in the early 1980s for one year of study abroad. I returned four years later and received a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. My dissertation advisor was Beth Allen; the other members of my committee were David Cass, George Mailath, and Richard Kihlstrom.

I had the good fortunte of starting my career with a one-year post-doc at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey (1989-1990), where I worked closely with Roy Radner. Then I took up a stenure-track position in the Department of Economics at Princeton University, where I was assistant professor until 1998. In the middle of that period, I spent one year as a research fellow at CORE in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1993-1994).

Since 1999 I have been professor at INSEAD, a remarkable and quirky business school with campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore. In between Princeton and INSEAD I I was invited for a one-year visiting research professorship at the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Managerial Science at Northwestern University (1998-1999). I spent a sabbatical in 2003-2004 as visiting professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University (2003-2004) and as a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. I have had shorter visits at Yale University, at the Universidad Juan Carlos III in Madrid, and at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. I have another sabbatical for 2010-2011 lined up at the Department of Economics in Columbia University.

My research is on game theory and on complexity in organizations. I've recently published in journals such as the RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economics Theory, Economic Theory, and the Review of Economic Studies.

I have broad teaching experience in undergraduate, ExecEd, MBA, and PhD programs. In the INSEAD MBA program, I teach most often Prices and Markets (a managerial economics core course) and an Advanced Game Theory elective. I have also taught Pricing Strategies & Tactics and Business and Public Policy.

I live in Fontainebleau with my wife. I also spend time at INSEAD's Singapore campus. My native language is English, I am fluent in Spanish, and my French is good enough (but should be better).