I was asked which CS departments are recommended for getting your graduate degree in Algorithmic Game Theory (/Economics). This sounds like an excellent question to leave for commenters on my blog, but let me start with some of the obvious answers:
The three top CS departments are all excellent for AGT as well: Berkeley has the patriarch of the field, as well as an AGT-active networking group (Scott Shenker), and a whole related school of Information. MIT has Costis and, from the crypto side, Silvio (who in recent years has been forwarding a hostile takeover of mechanism design by crypto), as well as a network GT group, and the fantastic close-by microsoft reserach center. Stanford has Tim and, on the AI-ish side, Yoav, as well as strong AGT-friendly economists (Paul Milgrom, Ilya Segal), and close proximity to Silicon Valley and in particular to the excellent AGT reserach groups of Microsoft and of Google.
Other noteworthy places include:
- The very strong group in Cornell (Including Eva Tardos, Jon and Bobby Kleinberg, Joe Halpern and, from the crypto side, Rafael Pass).
- The EEconomiCS group in Northwestern (Lance Fortnow, Nicole Immorlica, Jason Hartline) with strong support from the business school (including Ehud Kalai, the unofficial AGT godfather within GT, and Rakesh Vohra, a major communication hub between Econ/GT, OR, and TCS).
- Liverpool has a strong Economics and Computation group.
- Israel has unusual presence in AGT, including Tel-Aviv, the Technion, and my own CS department at the Hebrew University (Jeff Rosenschein, Daniel Lehmann) with a strong supporting center for the study of rationality (including AGT reserachers Liad Blumrosen and Michal Feldman as well as many AGT-close economists, game-theorists, and mathematicians like Sergiou Hart, Gil Kalai, and Abraham Neyman).
So let me stop with this incomplete list, and ask readers for more suggestions.