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Joel Sobel

BS '74 Math
Professor of Economics
University of California, San Diego

Joel Sobel is professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego, where he has worked for more than 40 years. He studies game theoretic models of communication and signaling. He is interested in strategic communication. He has enjoyed extended leaves at many academic institutions Oxford, Caltech, UC Berkeley, UW Madison, Stanford, Barcelona, and Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

Sobel was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1990 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He is the recipient of Sloan and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. He has served as co-editor of the American Economic Review and recently completed a term as editor of Econometrica.

He earned an MA in economics and a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.