Sanjeev Goyal

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Sanjeev Goyal
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Born 1963
Residence Cambridge
Citizenship Indian
Fields Microeconomics
Alma mater

Delhi University (B.A)
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (M.B.A)

Cornell University (M.A.) (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor David Easley
Doctoral students

Eric de Laat
Klaas Staal
Andrea Galeotti
Marco van der Leij
Willemien Kets
Ana Babus
Alessio D'Ignazio
J. Roberto Parra-Segura
Adrien Vigier

Bryony Reich
Known for

Learning and diffusion

Social and economic networks
Notable awards

National Talent Scholarship, Government of India. 1978-1985.
Gold Medal for Best Student in B.A, Delhi University, India. 1980-1983.
A.D. White Fellowship, Cornell University, Ithaca. USA. 1986-1988.

Research Fellow, Tinbergen Institute. Netherlands. 1995-present.

Sanjeev Goyal (born in 1963) is an Indian economist, Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.

He has made pioneering contributions to our understanding of social and economic networks, with publications in leading international journals such as Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies.

In 2007, Princeton University Press published his book Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks. A Chinese translation was published by Beijing University Press in 2010.


  • Goyal, S. (2007), Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks, Princeton University Press;
  • Bala & Goyal (1994), The Birth of a New Market, Economic Journal, 104, 282-290;
  • Goyal, S. & Janssen, M. (1997), Non-Exclusive Conventions and Social Coordination, Journal of Economic Theory, 77, 34-57;
  • Bala & Goyal (1998), Learning From Neighbors, Review of Economic Studies, 65, 595-621;
  • Bala & Goyal (2000), A Non-Cooperative Model of Network Formation, Econometrica, 68, 5, 1181-1231;
  • Goyal, S. & Moraga, J.L. (2001), R&D Networks, Rand Journal of Economics, 32, 4, 686-707;
  • Goyal, S. & Joshi, S. (2003), Networks of Collaboration in Oligopoly, Games and Economic Behavior, 43, 57-85;
  • Goyal, S. & Vega-Redondo, F. (2005), Network formation and social coordination, Games and Economic Behavior, 50, 178-207;
  • Galeotti, A., Goyal, S. & Kamphorst, J. (2006), Network formation with heterogeneous players, Games and Economic Behavior, 54, 353-372;
  • Goyal, S., Moraga, J.L. & van der Leij, M. (2006), Economics: an emerging small world?, Journal of Political Economy, 114, 2, 403-412;
  • Goyal, S. & Vega-Redondo, F. (2007), Structural Holes in Social networks, Journal of Economic Theory, 137, 1, 460-492;
  • Galeotti, A. & Goyal, S. (2009), Influencing and influencers: a theory of strategic diffusion, Rand Journal of Economics, 40, 3, 509-532;
  • Galeotti, A., Goyal, S., Jackson, M., Vega-Redondo, F. & Yariv, L. (2010), Network Games, Review of Economic Studies 77, 218-244;
  • Galeotti, A. & Goyal, S. (2010), The Law of the Few, American Economic Review, 100, 1468-1492.

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