Faculty

William Thomson

Elmer B. Milliman Professor
PhD, Stanford, 1976

211 Harkness Hall
(585) 275-2236
william.thomson@rochester.edu

Office Hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Game Theory; Theory of Equity; Mechanism Design

Selected Publications

Selected Papers and Publications

  • "The fair division of a fixed supply among a growing population," Mathematics of Operations Research, 8 (1983), 319-326.
  • "A study of choice correspondences in economies with a variable number of agents," Journal of Economic Theory, 46 (1988), 237-254.
  • Axiomatic Theory of Bargaining With a Variable Population (with T.Lensberg), Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • "Can everyone benefit from growth? Two difficulties" (with H. Moulin), Journal of Mathematical Economics (1988), 339-345.
  • "No-envy and consistency in economies with indivisible goods" (with K. Tadenuma), Econometrica, 59 (1991) 1755-1767.
  • "Population-monotonic solutions to the problem of fair division when preferences are single-peaked," Economic Theory, 5 (1995), 229-246.
  • A Guide for the Young Economist, 2nd Edition, M.I.T. Press, 2011.

Forthcoming Publications and Recent Papers

  • "Axiomatic and game-theoretic analysis of bankruptcy and taxation problems: an update", Rochester Center for Economic Research Working Paper, last revised 2013.
  • "Borrowing-proofness", Rochester Center for Economic Research Working Paper, last revised 2013.
  • "Cost allocation and airport problems", Rochester Center for Economic Research Working Paper, last revised 2013.

Surveys

  • "Cooperative models of bargaining," Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications (R. Aumann and S. Hart, eds.), North Holland, 1994, 1237-1284.
  • "Population-monotonic solutions to the problem of fair division when preferences are single-peaked," Economic Theory, 5 (1995), 229-246.
  • "Welfare-domination under preference-replacement: a survey and open questions", Social Choice and Welfare 16 (1999), 373-394.
  • "On the axiomatic method and its recent applications to game theory and resource allocation", Social Choice and Welfare, 18 (2001), 327- 387.
  • "Axiomatic and game-theoretic analysis of bankruptcy and taxation problems: a survey", Mathematical Social Sciences, 45 (2003), 249-297.
  • "Consistency and its converse: an elementary introduction", University of Rochester Rochester Center for Economic Research Working Paper, 2004.
  • "Airport problems and cost allocation", Rochester Center for Economic Research WP, 2013.