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myrna-wooders Biography

Myrna Wooders, Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Editor of Journal of Public Economic Theory, President of the Association of Public Economic Theory, Founding Editor of Economics Bulletin, Charter Member of the Game Theory Society, Economic Theory Fellow, and has been an elected member of the Game Theory Society Council. She has previously held professorial positions at University of Warwick, University of Toronto, and State University of New York (in reverse order).

Since completing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Leo Hurwicz, Professor Wooders has researched primarily in the areas of public economic theory, game theory and network theory. She has published extensively on club theory, the theory of local public goods and coalition theory. Her publications include articles in Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior and other leading journals in economics. In the area of mathematics, Professor Wooders has published in Mathematics of Operations Research and Optimization. Professor Wooders has held visiting appointments at Paris 1, Yale, Bonn, CentER for Economic Research (Tilburg), Hebrew University, CORE (Louvain-la-Neuve), the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and California Institute of Technology, among other institutions. She is frequently invited to give keynote and plenary talks.

Her co-authors number over thirty, and include Nobel Laureate Reinhard Selten (Bonn), Phil Reny (Chicago), Eyal Winter (Hebrew University), Professor Martin Shubik (Yale), and Professor Stef Tijs (Tilburg). Her awards include the prestigious Connaught Fellowship in the Social Sciences and a Humboldt Research Award for Foreign Scientists (Germany).   

Besides her activities in fostering research in public economics as President of the Association for Public Economic Theory, Professor Wooders has organized numerous scientific events, including Program Chair of the 1994 North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society. She has been guest editor of several journals, including Social Choice and Welfare and Games and Economic Behavior. Her recent research continues her work on club theory and coalitional games and new lines of research on social conformity, stereotyping and networks.

Myrna Wooders has also served on the American Economic Association CSWEP, as an elected member of the (UK) Royal Economic Association Committee on Women, and as President of the Canadian Women in Economics. Her contributions include launching a series for CSWEP celebrating the contributions of women who have, in the past, made significant contributions to economics. Her first article celebrated the remarkable achievements of Mabel Timlin, who was a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Wooders is also Vice-President of AccessEcon, a web interface dedicated to providing free web services to scholarly activities, including conferences, working paper series, and journal editing.

Professor Wooders was born in Alberta, Canada and is a Canadian. In her own view, her most notable achievement was obtaining a four-year undergraduate honors degree (from the University of Alberta) in two and a half years, with dependent children in tow.