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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, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

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.

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.

Research Interests

Industrial organization; resource allocation and decision-making in organizations; corporate investment; law and economics; theory of the firm; strategic pricing.

Academic Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Microeconomics
  • Strategy and Leadership

Selected Publications

Working Papers

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
34115 New Social Ventures 2024 (Spring)
33250 Perspectives on Capitalism 2024 (Spring)
33251 Perspectives on Capitalism Seminar 2024 (Spring)
34117 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2024 (Winter)

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