Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial strategy, and social entrepreneurship.
Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.
Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.
2014 - 2015 Course Schedule
||New Social Ventures
||Global New Venture Challenge I
||Strategic Investment Decisions
Photography, cooking, backgammon.
Industrial organization; resource allocation and decision-making in organizations; corporate investment; law and economics; theory of the firm; strategic pricing.
With Eric Powers and David Scharfstein, "Learning About Internal Capital Markets From Corporate Spinoffs," Journal of Finance (2002).
With Robert Stillman, "Vertical Integration and Internet Strategies in the Apparel Industry," Journal of Industrial Economics (2001).
With Geoffrey Miller, "Settlement Escrows," Journal of Legal Studies (1995).
With D. Baird and R. Picker, Game Theory and the Law (1994).
"Game Shows and Economic Behavior: Risk Taking on 'Card Sharks'," Quarterly Journal of Economics (1993).
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