Rafael Robb

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Rafael Robb (born October 31, 1950)[1] is an economist and former professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


Robb received his Bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.[2] He is known in academic circles for his contributions to evolutionary game theory and industrial organization. He immigrated to the United States in the 1970s and obtained a Ph.D. in economics at UCLA in 1981. Robb married in 1990, joined the University of Pennsylvania staff in 1984, and was a tenured professor from 2004 until his arrest in 2007.[3] Robb specialized in game theory, a mathematical discipline used to analyze political, economic, and military strategies.[3] He has published numerous papers on game theory and other economic topics with scholars from Greece, Israel, Japan, and the US.[3] In most of the papers, his family name is spelled as "Rob".[4] He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society, one of the highest honors in economics.[5]

Killing of wife[edit]

Robb pleaded guilty in November 2007 to voluntary manslaughter in the high-profile death of his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb. She had been bludgeoned to death with a chin-up bar.[6] Her death occurred during a December 22, 2006, argument over the couple's divorce and the plans for their home in Wayne, Pennsylvania.[7] Robb pleaded guilty on November 26, 2007, and resigned from the university, where he had been on leave since his arrest in January 2007.[8] Robb was sentenced on November 19, 2008, to a 5- to 10-year prison term. [6] He was denied parole in January 2013.[9]

Notable Publications[edit]

Michihiro Kandori, George J. Mailath, and Rafael Rob: "Learning, Mutation, and Long Run Equilibria in Games", Econometrica, Vol. 61, No. 1 (Jan. 1993), pp. 29-56


  1. ^ Findlaw.com (2007) Probable Cause Affidavit: Commonwealth of Pa. v. Rafael Robb, p. 4
  2. ^ Schwedel, Heather (Nov 16, 2007) "Students speak out about Robb" The Daily Pennsylvanian.
  3. ^ a b c Boccella, Kathy (Jan 31, 2007) "Portrait of a doomed marriage". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, PA
  4. ^ https://authors.repec.org/pro/pro566/ Rafael Robb's page at RePEc
  5. ^ http://www.econometricsociety.org/fellows.asp Rafael Rob listed as fellow of the Econometric Society
  6. ^ a b Jagoda, Naomi (November 20, 2008). "Robb sentenced 5 to 10 years in prison for killing his wife". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Wasley, Paula (November 26, 2007). "Penn Professor Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  8. ^ CBS News (Nov 26, 2007) Ex-Ivy League Prof. Admits Killing Wife. cbs5.com. Norristown, Pa.
  9. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8964877.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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