W. Bentley MacLeod

Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics, and Professor of International and Public Affairs

Office: 420 West 118th Street
Mail Code 3308
New York NY 10027
Tel: 310-571-5083
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  • B.A., (Mathematics with Distinction), 1975, M.Sc. (Mathematics), 1979, Queen's University (Canada)
  • Ph.D. (Economics), 1984, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Detailed Biography:

Professor of Economics, International & Public Affairs and Law, Columbia University, since 2005. Program Director, Behavioral and Personnel Economics, Institute for Labor, Bonn since 2003. Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, since 2004, Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, since 2001, Director, Western Economics Association, 2003-2006. Past Positions: Physics and Mathematics Teacher, Boki Boys Secondary School, Nigeria, 1975-1977; Instructor, Queen's University, 1978-79; Lecturer, 1982-84; Research Fellow, ISE and CORE, Université Catholiqué de Louvain, 1983; Visiting Professor, CORE, Université Catholiqué de Louvain, 1984; Assistant Professor, Queen's University, 1984-87; Associate Professor, 1987-91; Visiting Professor, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona IAE, 1989-90; Associate Professor, 1990-92, Professor of Economics, 1992-96, Université de Montréal Sciences Économiques; Consultant for Independent Power Producers of Ontario, 1991-92;  Consultant for Employment and Immigration, Canada, 1993-95; Visiting Professor (1995-96), Professor (1996-97) Boston College; Visiting Professor of Economics and Law, California Institute of Technology, 2002, Visiting Professor of Economics, Princeton University, 2003-2004, Professor of Economics and Law (1997 - 2006); Co-Director of the Center for Law, Economics and Organization,  Co-Executive Director of the Olin Program in Law and Economics (2000-2006), University of Southern California. Research and teaching interests: economics of incentives with applications to labor economics, contract law and tort law.


Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society, 2005; H. Gregg Lewis prize, Society of Labor Economists, 2002; Benjamin Meaker Lecture, Bristol University, 1998; Harold Innis Memorial Lecture, Canadian Economics Association, 1996;  Dal Grauer Memorial Prize for Economics, University of British Columbia, 1981; William Coombs Baker Prize for Physics, Queen's University, 1973.