Glen Weyl

I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, where I work on political economy in the nineteenth century, interdisciplinary sense. My recent book with Eric A. Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, develops a new ideology that I am promoting through activism, advocacy and entrepreneurship. In my spare time, I teach at Princeton University.

Biography

E. (Eric) Glen Weyl is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England whose work aims to use technology and economics to find new ways to organize societies to reduce inequality, increase productivity and ease political tensions.  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 work focuses on “political economy”, a field of inquiry that gave birth to modern economics, sociology and political science. In particular, he developed an ideology of “Radical Markets” in which true markets can be an emancipatory egalitarian force, but require rethinking fundamental institutions like one-person-one-vote and private property.  These ideas are most clearly expressed in his recent book with his most common collaborator Eric A. Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society.

He has developed these ideas through academic research in a range of fields, for example articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, the Harvard Law Review and Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He has also engaged with a range of near-term practical applications, including co-founding with Eric and Kevin Slavin Collective Decision Engines, a start-up that commercializes his voting technique Quadratic Voting for survey research applications, and collaborating with the Ethereum Foundation to build Radical Markets into their blockchain.

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 the Harvard Society of Fellows and Princeton’s Politics department.

Pacific Standard Magazine published an in-depth profile on Glen a couple of years ago.

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