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Hal Ronald Varian (born March 18, 1947, in Wooster, Ohiomarker) is an economist specialising in microeconomics and information economics. He is currently on leave from the University of California, Berkeleymarker School of Informationmarker, and is Chief Economist at Google. He has written two bestselling textbooks Intermediate Microeconomics, an undergraduate microeconomics text, and Microeconomic Analysis, an advanced text. Together with Carl Shapiro, he co-authored Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and The Economics of Information Technology: An Introduction.

He joined Google in 2002 as a consultant, and has worked on the design of advertising auctions, econometrics, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.

He received his B.S. from MITmarker in economics in 1969 and both his MA (mathematics) and Ph.D. (economics) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He has taught at MITmarker, Stanford Universitymarker, the University of Oxfordmarker, the University of Michiganmarker, and other universities around the world. He has two honorary doctorates, from the University of Oulu, Finlandmarker in 2002, and a Dr. h. c. from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, awarded in 2006.

Hal Varian is the Class of 1994 Professor at the School of Informationmarker, the Haas School of Businessmarker, and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995-2002, he served as the founding dean of UC Berkeley's School of Information.

Varian regularly published articles in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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