Benjamin Golub Bio

Benjamin Golub’s research [short summary] in economic theory focuses on social and economic networks. A research website, with up-to-date publications and other information, is at

Since 2015, Ben has been on the faculty at the Harvard Department of Economics, where he is now Associate Professor; prior to that he spent two years as a Junior Fellow (2013-15) at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He has received the NSF CAREER grant (2019) and the Aliprantis Prize (2012) with Matt Elliott for an outstanding paper by a young economic theorist.  He was educated at Stanford (Ph.D. in economics) and Caltech (B.S., mathematics).

Ben's work has examined:

  • Learning and gossip: what are the dynamics of information in networks? Who is particularly influential? When do agents learn correctly? When are their beliefs polarized?
  • Coordination in organizations: how do strategic agents in complex organizations coordinate, and how do the networks that connect them matter?
  • Financial contagion: which financial networks are particularly sensitive to sudden breakdowns?
  • Public goods and externalities: in complex favor-trading problems such as pollution reduction, we can use a network perspective to understand how much scope for cooperation there is, who is particularly essential to it, and how to organize negotiations.

A more detailed overview of his research is available here.