Michael Whinston

Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Economics and Management

Sloan Applied Economics Group
Department of Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

100 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

(617) 258-8408


Website: MIT faculty profile

Issues: Competition Policy and Antitrust and Intellectual Property

About Michael Whinston

Michael D. Whinston is the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management in the Applied Economics Group at MIT Sloan and Professor of Economics in the Economics Department. His research has covered a variety of topics in microeconomics and industrial organization, including firm behavior in oligopolistic markets, antitrust, game theory, the design of contracts and organizations, law and economics, and most recently health economics.


In 2016, Professor Whinston was awarded the Frisch Medal, which is awarded for the best applied paper published in Econometrica in the last five years; and he became a Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. In 2013, Professor Whinston received the Lanzilotti Prize from the Industrial Organization Society; this is awarded for the best paper on antitrust economics. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He was also a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1990-1992. Whinston was awarded the Compass Lexicon Prize in 2008.


Whinston is a co-author of the leading graduate textbook in microeconomics, Microeconomic Theory [Oxford University Press, 1995], and is the author of Lectures on Antitrust Economics [The MIT Press, 2006]. Most recently he co-authored Microeconomics [McGraw-Hill, 2007; second edition 2013], an intermediate microeconomics text.


He has served as a Co-Editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, the leading journal in industrial organization, and is currently on the editorial board of the American Economic Journals: Microeconomics.

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
M.B.A., Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
B.S., Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980