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Wolfgang Gick is an economist, an affiliate in the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Economics, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano. His research and publications cover topics in game theory such as signaling games and strategic information transmission, contract theory and mechanism design. As a theorist with an applied focus, he is particularly dedicated to the study of new developments in market design, regulatory politics, platform markets, the interplay of information and incentives in health care, and the optimal disclosure of information by banking supervisors – in short, topics that are of an increasing importance in every day’s public life but that by their complexity cannot be tackled by relying on simple textbook treatments. One of his life goals is to promote a new understanding of markets in public that follows from an application of mechanism design and information disclosure.

In his international career, Gick has held several appointments at high-ranked places in the U.S. and in Europe. He was a visiting associate professor in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College for six years, later on in the School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), teaching game theory, intermediate and advanced microeconomics, industrial organization, public economics, corporate finance, macroeconomics, and growth theory (PhD level). Besides his research and publications, Gick is an outstanding teacher and became recipient of the campus-wide “Profiles in Excellence” teaching award at Dartmouth College.

Gick has regularly presented his research to the International Game Theory Conference at Stony Brook, IIOC, ISNIE, many Midwest Economic Theory Meetings, and more recently to the Econometric Society European Meeting, EARIE, and ICT 2012. Gick became a visiting researcher at the IFN Stockholm, and an invited speaker to seminars and venues at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Bocconi University, LMU Munich, Universities at Augsburg, Magdeburg, Dresden, and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Career paths before 2000 included a long-term assistant professor appointment at the University of Jena, Germany, and a senior researcher position at the ifo Institute in Munich and Dresden where he pursued empirical research on innovation and structural change. An economist by training, Gick received his PhD from the University of Innsbruck with highest honors, and a classical high school education with Greek and Latin in Meran/Merano, Italy where he spent his childhood in the surrounding Alps. He is fluent in English, German, and Italian.


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