Philipp Strack, Professor of Economics at Yale University

Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Awards 2023

Social-Economic Sciences: Economic or Political Sciences

«I am humbled and immensely grateful to receive the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Award. It is a special honor to me, not least because of the outstanding importance Bodossaki Foundation plays in Greek society. This recognition motivates me to continue to think about important issues in society with the hope of making a positive impact. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the selection committee, my colleagues, and my family for their unwavering support and encouragement.»


Philipp Strack is Professor of Economics at Yale
University. His research focuses on economic theory
and behavioral economics.

He was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1985, to a Greek mother and a German father. In Bonn, he attended a German high school and a Greek afternoon school. He started studying mathematics at the University of Bonn while still in high school as part of a programme for gifted children, and obtained his Diploma in economics in 2009 and his Diploma in Mathematics in 2010. He then earned a PhD degree with distinction from the Bonn Graduate School of Economics in 2013, under the supervision of Paul Heidhues, Benny Moldovanu and Sven Rady. From 2013 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research. From 2014 to 2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he became an Associate Professor in 2019. He became Associate Professor at Yale in 2019, where he got promoted to Full Professor in 2022.

He was selected for the list of “Top 40 under 40” of the Capital magazine which honours talents from academia, industry and politics in 2015. In 2019, he received a Sloan fellowship. Since 2023, he has been a fellow of the Econometric Society.

Philipp Strack’s work spans a wide range of topicswith direct importance to society, such as the design of auctions and organ exchanges; the consequences of overconfidence and other misunderstandings for decision making; the psychological mechanisms behind prejudice; how to detect discrimination in markets; what the speed of a decision reveals about its quality; the dynamic pricing of goods; the optimal structuring of lockdowns in a pandemic; the design of cryptocurrencies; optimal taxes to reduce carbon emissions without hurting the poor.