The EconCS Group pursues research, both theoretical and experimental, at the intersection between computer science and economics.

The EconCS group at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences draws on methodologies from AI, multi-agent systems, computer science theory, microeconomic theory, optimization and distributed systems.

We are interested in electronic auctions, mechanisms and markets, peer production and social computing, and in the constructive use of economic methodologies within computational systems.

A central challenge is to resolve conflicts between game-theoretic and computational constraints.

Current Topics of Interest

  • incentive-based environment design
  • dynamic mechanisms
  • the design of mechanism infrastructures and currencies for distributed and peer-to-peer systems
  • preference elicitation
  • information aggregation
  • applications to e-commerce and social computing
  • cryptographically secure auctions
  • network formation games


  • Haifeng Xu was nominated as the runner-up of the IFAAMAS-18 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award, recognizing the best thesis in multi-agent system research.
  • Former EconCS PostDoc Reshef Meir named AI's 10 to Watch.
  • Rafael Frongillo is co-organizing CrowdML, the ICML'15 Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Machine Learning, which is currently accepting submissions at http://crowdml.cc/icml2015/
  • Congratulations to Panos Toulis who received the Dempster Award from the Statistics Department this year.
  • The paper "Strategic Voting Behavior in Doodle Polls," by James Zou, Reshef Meir, and David Parkes received and honorable mention by the committee of  the 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’15).
  • Reshef Meir is organizing a workshop on Cooperative Games in Multiagent Systems, and we are open for submissions. For more details: http://www.intelligence.tuc.gr/coopmas
  • Congratulations to James Zou on receiving his Ph.D., and joining the Simons Institute as a research fellow.
  • Read hear about Edith Law's Curio project in Harvard Magazine.
  • Harvard hosted the WINE '13 conference in December 2013.
  • Edith Law will be joining David Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo as an Assistant Professor in Fall '14.