Professor George J Mailath


Research School of Economics

Goldsmith Economics Chair
Room 2007, HW Arndt Bld (25A)
Research areas

George’s published research in microeconomics includes papers on pricing, noncooperative game theory, evolutionary game theory, repeated games, social norms, and the theory of reputations. Oxford University Press published the co-authored (with Professor Larry Samuelson) graduate text Repeated Games and Reputations: Long Run Relationships in August 2006.


George J. Mailath is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has served as Chair of the Department, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies. George holds a visiting professorship at the ANU’s Research School of Economics. 

A native of Australia, George earned his undergraduate degree at the ANU in 1980. He obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University and then joined the faculty at University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in 1985. He 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. 

In 2003, George was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, and from 2006-2007, he held the position of Alfred Cowles Professor of Economics at Yale University.

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 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.


Research grants and awards

National Science Foundation grants (with Andrew Postlewaite): 1998–2001, 2001–04, 2004–07, 2007–10, 2010–13, 2013–2016.

University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation, grants 1987, 1991, 1994.

National Science Foundation grant, 1989–91.

Fishman Davidson Center for the Study of the Service Sector, grants 1987, 1988.

University of Pennsylvania Faculty Grant and Award, summer stipend 1986.

Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, 1984-85.