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Barry J. Nalebuff (born July 11, 1958) is a Milton Steinbach Professor of Management at Yale School of Management. He is an expert in business strategy and game theory, as well as many other topics.

Barry Nalebuff
Born (1958-07-11) July 11, 1958 (age 60)
FieldBusiness strategy, game theory
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Nalebuff graduated in 1976 from the Belmont Hill School and in 1980 from MIT with degrees in economics and mathematics. He then earned his master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Academic careerEdit

Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Nalebuff was a member of the Junior Society of Fellows at Harvard University and worked as an Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

He co-founded Honest Tea and authored numerous articles and several books. He has a semi-regular column in Forbes with Ian Ayres called "Why Not?"


  • Nalebuff, Barry; Dixit, Avinash K. (1991). Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life. New York: Norton. ISBN 9780393029239.
  • Nalebuff, Barry; Brandenburger, Adam M. (1996). Co-opetition: A Revolution Mindset that Combines Competition and Cooperation... The Game Theory Strategy that's Changing the Game of Business. Currency. ISBN 0-385-47949-2.
  • Nalebuff, Barry; Kanbur, Ravi; Greenwald, Bruce; Richard, Arnott (2003). Economics for an Imperfect World: Essays in Honor of Joseph E. Stiglitz. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262012058.
  • Nalebuff, Barry; Ayres, Ian (2003). Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 1-59139-153-9., ISBN 978-1-4221-0434-7, ISBN 1-4221-0434-6
  • Nalebuff, Barry; Dixit, Avinash K. (2008). The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 9780393062434.
  • Nalebuff, Barry; Goldman, Seth (2013). Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently—and Succeeding. New York: Crown Business. ISBN 9780770437497.

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