E. (Eric) Glen Weyl is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City. He is visiting Yale University as a Visiting Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in the economics department and law school, where he teaches a joint economics-computer science course, “Designing the Digital Economy”.
Glen was born in San Francisco on May 6, 1985 and raised in the Bay Area before attending boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. He was valedictorian of Princeton University’s 2007 class, receiving an AB in economics, followed by an MA and PhD in 2008. He then spent three years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago before joining Microsoft. He is a Sloan Research Fellow 2014-2018.
Glen’s research aims to draw on tools from adjacent disciplines, such as law, computer science and philosophy, to develop practical proposals to expand the scope of efficient markets. For example, Glen developed a market mechanism for group decision-making, Quadratic Voting (QV), and has proposed a replacement for private property that combats its tendency to create monopoly power. He has published articles based on this work in journals including American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Northwestern University Law Review and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He is drawing these themes together with his most common collaborator, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner, into a book, Radical Markets, that offers a comprehensive package of policy ideas to respond to the current crisis of the liberal order and is under contract with the Princeton University Press. He also is co-founder, Eric and Kevin Slavin, a professor at the MIT Media Lab of Collective Decision Engines, a start-up that commercializes QV for market research applications.
Outside his academic life, Glen serves on the advisory boards of Esopus, an art magazine. He is married to Alisha C. Holland, a political scientist of Latin America at Princeton’s Politics department.