Chief Economist, Google
Hal Varian is Chief Economist at Google and an emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley where he was founding Dean of the School of Information. A Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was editor of American Economic Review and is author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is also co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, and for many years was a columnist for the New York Times. Varian started with Google in 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company since then, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He received his B.S. from MIT and both his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.