Dale T. Mortensen

Economist, Academic

1939 –

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Who is Dale T. Mortensen?

Dale Thomas Mortensen is an American economist. He received his B.A. in economics from Willamette University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He has been on the faculty of Northwestern University since 1965 and a professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management since 1980. He is also the Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics jointly along with Christopher A. Pissarides from the London School of Economics and Peter A. Diamond from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 "for their analysis of markets with search frictions". In May 2011, Mortensen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Willamette University. He is married to Beverly Mortensen, also a Northwestern Professor.

Mortensen's research focuses on labor economics, macroeconomics and economic theory. He is especially known for his pioneering work on the search and matching theory of frictional unemployment. He has extended the insights from this work to study labor turnover and reallocation, research and development, and personal relationships.

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Feb 2, 1939
Also known as
  • Dale Mortensen
  • United States of America
  • Willamette University
  • Tepper School of Business
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Northwestern University

on July 23, 2013


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