Rakesh V. Vohra
George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, Department of Economics and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania


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Mechanism design; an innovative area of game theory that brings together economics, engineering, and computer science


Prof. Vohra's economics research in mechanism design focuses on the best ways to allocate scarce resources when the information required to make the allocation is dispersed and privately held, an increasingly common condition in present-day environments. His work has been critical to the development of game, auction, and pricing theory — for example, the keyword auctions central to online search engines — and spans such areas as operations research, market systems, and optimal pricing mechanisms.