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VARIAN, HAL R. Print E-mail

Hal Varian's Mug ShotProfessor, School of Information Management and Systems, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, USA
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Main Topics: Information Technology economics, Internet economics, Information Technology and business strategies

Professional Profile: Hal Varian is Professor at the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS), the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
From 1995 to 2002, he served as the founding dean of SIMS. Professor Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and is on the editorial boards of several journals. Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages.
His current research has been concerned with the economics of information technology and the information economy. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and writes a monthly column for the The New York Times.


  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969 
  • M.A. in Mathematics, University of California Berkeley, 1973
  • Ph.D. in Economics , University of California Berkeley, 1973



Selected Works:
  • H. R. Varian, Internet Publishing and Beyond, co-edited with Brian Kahin, MIT Press, 2000
  • H. R. Varian, Variants in Economic Theory: Selected Papers of Hal R. Varian, Edward Elgar, 2000
  • H. R. Varian, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, with Carl Shapiro, Harvard Business School, November 1998
  • H. R. Varian, Fostering Research on the Economic and Social Impacts of Information Technology, National Academy of Sciences Press, 1998
  • H. R. Varian, Microeconomic Analysis, W. W. Norton, New York, 1978. 2nd ed. 1987, 3rd ed. 1992