Professor Emeritus Thomas Marschak

Organizational expert

Headshot of Professor Emeritus Thomas Marschak.Thomas Marschak, 93, an economist who influenced generations of students during almost 60 years of active research and teaching at Berkeley Haas, died Jan. 31 in Oakland, Calif.

Marschak was known for his generous mentorship and his research into the design of efficient organizations. “In so many ways, Tom was way ahead of his time,” said Prof. Rich Lyons. “When you think about the center of gravity of his work—the informational and incentive aspects of the design of efficient organizations—you realize quickly that these topics are becoming ever more important.” As a member of the Economic Analysis & Policy Group and the Operations & IT Management groups at Haas, Marschak made his mark in economics theory, studying information gathering, information technology, and network mechanisms. Read his full obituary.


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