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Arthur J. Robson

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Arthur J. Robson
🏳️ NationalityNew Zealand
🏳️ CitizenshipCanadian
💼 Occupation

Arthur J. Robson is a New Zealand economist whose research interests include game theory and the biological evolution of economic behavior.[1] In the period between 2003 and 2017, Robson held a Canada Research Chair in Economic Theory and Evolution at Simon Fraser University, where he has been a University Professor since 2017.[2]


Robson graduated with a bachelor of science (honors) in pure and applied mathematics from the Victoria University of Wellington in 1968. Subsequently, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, where he also took courses in pure mathematics. His doctoral thesis’ title was “Congestion, Pollution and Urban Structure” and his supervisor was Robert M. Solow.[1]


Robson's recent research has focused on the biological basis of economics and neuroeconomics. In particular, Robson has worked extensively on the study of the evolution of preferences.[1] [3] [4] As a result of his work, Robson is ranked third by contributions on the field of evolutionary economics according to a RePEc ranking.[5] Furthermore, among economic researchers in general, he is ranked fifth in Canada and 270th in the world according to another RePEc ranking.[6] As of August 2020, Robson had published 72 papers altogether, with 14 of those in top economic journals such as the American Economic Review,[7] Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Economic Literature.[8]

Academic Positions[edit]

Robson held a long-term position at the University of Western Ontario from 1975 to 2005. During this period he also held visiting appointments at several universities including the University of Mannheim from 1985 to 1986 and the University of Michigan in 1989. Later, in 2003, Robson started his current tenure as professor at Simon Fraser University. Since then, Robson also held other visiting appointments in universities such as John Hopkins University in 2006.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Robson is a distinguished fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists[9] as well as a fellow of the Canadian Economics Association,[1] the Game Theory Society,[10] the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory,[11] the Royal Society of Canada[12] and the Econometric Society.[13] Furthermore, Robson was a recipient of multiple awards such as the John Rae Prize[14], a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship[15] and a Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowship.[16][17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "CEA Fellow: Arthur Robson".
  2. "Simon Fraser University: Department of Economics - Faculty".
  3. Robson, A. J., & Samuelson, L. (2011). The evolutionary foundations of preferences. In Handbook of social economics (Vol. 1, pp. 221-310). North-Holland.
  4. Gopnik, Alison (July 26, 2013). "Does Evolution Want Us to Be Unhappy". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  5. "Economics Field Rankings: Evolutionary Economics | IDEAS/RePEc". ideas.repec.org.
  6. "Economist Rankings, Number of Journal Pages, Weighted by Number of Authors and Recursive Impact Factors | IDEAS/RePEc". ideas.repec.org.
  7. Schoder, Diana (February 5, 2018). "What's in a name?". American Economic Association. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  8. "Aggregate Rankings for Economics Journals | IDEAS/RePEc". ideas.repec.org.
  9. "Arthur Robson awarded Distinguished Fellow of NZAE | NZAE : New Zealand Association of Economists". www.nzae.org.nz.
  10. "Game Theory Society - Fellows". August 28, 2017.
  11. "Economic Theory Fellows".
  12. "Prof. Arthur Robson | Fellows Directory". Royal Society of Canada. Retrieved 2020-11-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Fellows | The Econometric Society". www.econometricsociety.org.
  14. "John Rae Prize". Canadian Economics Association.
  15. "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Arthur J. Robson".
  16. http://killamlaureates.ca/doc/Report_99.pdf
  17. http://killamlaureates.ca/doc/Report_01.pdf

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