Robert Hugh Porter
Born1995 (age 25–26)
EducationPh. D.
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
Princeton University
OccupationEconomist, Professor

Robert Hugh Porter (born 1955) is an American economist and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of economics at Northwestern University. His research focuses on industrial organisation and auctions.[1][2]


Porter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario's Department of Mathematics and Economics in 1976. He went on to further study at Princeton University, which granted him a Ph. D. in economics in 1981.[3]


Upon graduating from Princeton University, Porter worked as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, followed by a brief stint as an associate professor at Stony Brook University. He became professor at Northwestern University in 1987 and was department chair from 2004 to 2007.[3]

Porter was elected fellow of the Econometric Society in 1989 and served as its president in 2015.[4][5] The American Academy of Arts and Sciences made him fellow in 1997.[6] He is a fellow of the Game Theory Society.[7]

He has served as editor and coeditor of various economic journals, such as The RAND Journal of Economics, Econometrica and The Review of Economic Studies.[8][2][9]


  1. ^ Entman, Liz. "Robert Porter, expert on the economics of auctions, to deliver Steine Lecture April 19". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "The BBVA Foundation recognizes Bresnahan, Pakes and Porter for opening up the field of empirical industrial organization". Premios Fronteras. February 20, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Porter, Robert. "Robert H. Porter" (PDF). Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Fellows | The Econometric Society". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Past Presidents | The Econometric Society". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Robert Hugh Porter". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Fellows -". Game Theory Society. August 28, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "Past Editors and Co-editors of Econometrica | The Econometric Society". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "History | The Review of Economic Studies". Retrieved January 7, 2021.