Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees

Sir James A. Mirrlees


Professor Sir James A. MIRRLEES
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 1996
Distinguished Professor-at-Large
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees received his first and second degrees in Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge, and his PhD in Economics from Cambridge in 1963.  He was Edgeworth Professor of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College in Oxford from 1968 to 1995 and after 1995, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge.  Since 2002 he has been Distinguished Professor-at-Large at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and in 2009 he became Master of Morningside College, established in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Sir James has also held Visiting Professorships at MIT, UC Berkeley and Yale.  He was President of the Royal Economic Society from 1989 to 1992, and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Econometric Society, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Economic Association. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1996 for his fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information.  He was knighted for contributions to economic science in 1997.