Welcome to Jeff Ely Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, Evolution

Jeff Ely

Economic Theorist

Professor of Economics

Economics Researcher

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Statistical Techniques

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Mathematics Analysis

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About Jeffrey Ely

Jeff Ely is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and an accomplished latte-artist. He is the director of the Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences at Northwestern, a member of several editorial boards and co-author of the blog Cheap Talk.

Research

Optimal Feedback in Contests Joint with George Georgiads,
Sina Khorasani and Luis Rayo

We derive optimal contests for environments where output takes the form of breakthroughs and the principal has an informational advan

Rotation as Contagion
Mitigation
Joint with Andrea Galeotti and Jakub Steiner

We study rotation schemes that govern individuals’ activities within an organization during an epidemic. We optimize the

Optimal Test Allocation Joint with Jakub Steiner and
Andrea Galeotti

A health authority chooses a binary action for each of several individuals that differ in their pre-test probabilities of being infected and in the

Sequential Information Design Joint with Laura Doval

We study games of incomplete information as both the information structure and the extensive form vary. An analyst may know the payoff-

A Cake-Cutting Solution to Gerrymandering

I propose a mechanism for redistricting inspired by cake-cutting mechanisms for fair division. The majority party proposes a partition of a state into

Moving the Goalposts Joint with Martin Szydlowski

We study information as an incentive device in a dynamic moral hazard frame- work. An agent works on a task of uncertain difficulty, modeled

Beeps Jeff Ely

I introduce and study dynamic persuasion mechanisms. A principal privately observes the evolution of a stochastic process and sends messages over time to an agent.

Teaching

Intermediate Micro Course

I teach undergraduate intermediate microeconomics, a 10 week course that is the second in a two-part seqeunce at Northwestern University. I have developed a unique approach to intermediate micro based originally on a course designed by my former colleague Kim-Sau Chung.

Signal & Noise

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Videos

Invited Lecture by
Professor Jeffrey Ely on "Moving the Goalposts"

2017 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society Invited Lecture by Professor Jeffrey Ely on "Moving the Goalposts"