B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Susan E. SkeathProfessor of Economics
Interests in microeconomics, advanced and intermediate theory applied game theory, and experimental economics.
My current research interests lie in the area of experimental economics. I am working on a project investigating the role of experience in the play of the "p-beauty" or "guessing" game. (In the guessing game, subjects are asked to choose the number between 0 and 100 that they believe will be closest to some fraction of the average of all of the numbers chosen.) My previous research was almost exclusively in the area of international trade, the field in which I completed my dissertation. That earlier work focused initially on strategic trade theory and later on analyses of antidumping behavior worldwide.
I currently teach microeconomic theory at the intermediate and advanced levels as well as a course on basic game theory (Games of Strategy). I have also taught International Trade Theory, Industrial Organization and microeconomic principles. I am a co-author, with Avinash Dixit and David Reiley, of the text Games of Strategy, which I use for my game theory course. I am also currently under contract to write an intermediate microeconomics textbook with my colleague Ann Velenchik.
I am the mother of two teenage children and I am a big sports fan (mostly baseball and soccer, but I am not too picky).