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Lars Stole studies strategic pricing, contracts and incentives theory, industrial economics and game theory. Stole’s research has appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy and Games and Economic Behavior. He has made numerous contributions to the theory of strategic price discrimination and competition with contracts.

Stole has been awarded several prizes for his research, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics from the Harvard Law School. In the past, he has lectured at MIT, CERGE/Prague, and CES/Munich, and he has served as Editor of the RAND Journal of Economics. Stole founded the Applied Theory Initiative at Booth and served as co-Director from 2009-2019.

Stole earned bachelor degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Illinois, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Outside of academia, Stole enjoys turning wood, working metal and general tinkering.

Research Interests

Economics of contracts and organizations; industrial organization; informational economics; current research focuses on price discrimination and competitive contracting.

Academic Areas

  • Microeconomics

Selected Publications

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
33801 Microeconomics 2023 (Autumn)

2024 - 2025 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
33801 Microeconomics 2024 (Autumn)

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