The University of Florida has voted to award Prof. Maskin with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa for his many contributions in the field of economics including game theory, market activity, and policy design when information is limited.
President W. Kent Fuchs announced the award in a letter to Eric Maskin on October 6, 2016. The recommendation of the honorary degree was made by the University of Florida Faculty Senate with support of the Board of Trustees.
Professor Maskin will be honored in a future commencement ceremony in the new year.
Eric Maskin is Adams University Professor at Harvard. He received the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. He also has made contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics. He received his A.B. and Ph.D from Harvard and was a postdoctoral fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University. He was a faculty member at MIT from 1977-1984, Harvard from 1985-2000, and the Institute for Advanced Study from 2000-2011. He rejoined the Harvard faculty in 2012.