Fall 2007

In Brief

Varian is Google Chief Economist 

Haas School Professor Hal Varian has been appointed chief economist at Google, the Silicon Valley search giant. Varian, a professor in the Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group, became a full-time Google employee in June. He had worked there as a consultant since May 2002.

As Google's chief economist, Varian's responsibilities will include performing econometric analysis of its advertising auction system, analyzing antitrust and privacy policy, and developing general strategy.

Varian will keep his posts at UC Berkeley and plans to return to campus to give guest lectures. He also is giving up a regular column in the New York Times that he has written for the past seven years.


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