Hal R. Varian

Class of 1944 Professor, and Professor of Business Administration and Information Management and Systems

Haas School of Business; Department of Economics; School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS)

University of California, Berkeley

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600

(510) 642-9980


Website: UC Berkeley faculty profile

Issues: Internet, Search and Advertising and Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

About Hal R. Varian

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.

He also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.

Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.

S.B., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969
M.A., Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, 1973
Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1973