Mallesh Pai

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Mallesh Pai is an Assistant Professor of Economics who joined Rice in 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and previously held a position at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on issues in mechanism design/ auction theory, the economics of privacy, social networks/ social learning and statistical decision theory. Recently published articles include "Discrimination via Symmetric Auctions” (with Rahul Deb, forthcoming), "Social Learning with Costly Search" (with Manuel Mueller-Frank, 2016), and “Optimal Auctions for Financially Constrained Bidders" (with Rakesh Vohra, 2014).

Research Areas

Mechanism Design/ Auction Theory, Economics of Privacy, Social Networks/ Social Learning, and Statistical Decision Theory


Ph.D., Managerial Economics and Strategy, Northwestern University, 2010

B.Tech., Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 2004