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.
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.