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Brian HILL

CNRS Research Professor

Economics and Decision Sciences

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Biography

Brian Hill is Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and CNRS Research Professor in the Economics and Decision Sciences at HEC Paris. After completing studies in mathematics, logic and philosophy, his research career has largely been related to economics, particularly in the field of decision theory. He has published in top economics and philosophy journals, including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, Economics and Philosophy, Mind, Philosophy of Science and Synthese. He received the CNRS Bronze Medal for early-career researchers in 2014.

Much of his recent research has focused on what counts as a rational reaction to severe uncertainty or ambiguity, and attempts to marry theoretical insights and tools from economics and philosophy, with an eye on practical consequences for the handling of uncertainty in concrete decisions, such as those involving environmental policy. (See here for a presentation of this project.) In economics, he has also worked on state-dependent utility, social choice in the presence of uncertainty, and the consequences of ambiguity for international asset structure; his research interests in philosophy have included on conditionals, the dynamics of belief and preference, awareness and justification.

He is currently working on a project concerning income inequality: see here for a presentation.

 

 

Scientific articles

Dynamic consistency and ambiguity: A reappraisal

Games and Economic Behavior, March 2020, vol. 120, pp 289-310,

Confidence in belief and rational decision making

Economics and Philosophy, July 2019, vol. 35, n° 2, pp 223-258,

A Non-Bayesian Theory of State-Dependent Utility

Econometrica, July 2019, vol. 87, n° 4, pp 1341-1366,

An analytic calculus for the intuitionistic logic of proofs

Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 2019, vol. 60, n° 3, pp 353-393, (in coll. with F. POGGIOLESI)

Risk Versus Ambiguity and International Security Design

Journal of International Economics, July 2018, vol. 113, pp 74-105, (in coll. with T. K. MICHALSKI)

Combining probability with qualitative degree-of-certainty metrics in assessment

Climatic Change, aout 2018, vol. 149, n° 3-4, pp 517-525, (in coll. with C. HELGESON, R. BRADLEY)

Climate Change Assessments: Confidence, Probability, and Decision

Philosophy of Science, July 2017, vol. 84, n° 3, pp 500-522, (in coll. with R. BRADLEY, C. HELGESON)

Incomplete preferences and confidence

Journal of Mathematical Economics, aout 2016, vol. 65, pp 83–103,

Robust Social Decisions

American Economic Review, September 2016, vol. 106, n° 9, pp 2407-2425, (in coll. with E. DANAN, T. GAJDOS, J.-M. TALLON)

Representation theorems and the semantics of decision-theoretic concepts

Journal of Economic Methodology, 2015, vol. 22, n° 3, pp 292-311, (in coll. with M. COZIC)

Chapters edited in books

Fiction, Counterfactuals: the challenge for logic

Unity Of Science. Vol. Ii: Special Sciences, S. Rahman, O. Pombo (Eds), Springer, Berlin, 277-299

Three Analyses of Sour Grapes

Preference Change: Approaches From Philosophy, Economics And Psychology, T. Grüne-Yanoff, S. O. Hansson (eds), Springer, Berlin

Working papers

Being up Front about Income Inequality

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2020

Beyond Uncertainty Aversion

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2019

Updating Confidence in Beliefs

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2019

A Non-Bayesian Theory of State-Dependent Utility

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2018

Confidence in Beliefs and Rational Decision Making

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2018

Confidence as a Source of Deferral

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2014

Scientific articles

Dynamic consistency and ambiguity: A reappraisal

Games and Economic Behavior, March 2020, vol. 120, pp 289-310,

A Non-Bayesian Theory of State-Dependent Utility

Econometrica, July 2019, vol. 87, n° 4, pp 1341-1366,

An analytic calculus for the intuitionistic logic of proofs

Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 2019, vol. 60, n° 3, pp 353-393, (in coll. with F. POGGIOLESI)

Confidence in belief and rational decision making

Economics and Philosophy, July 2019, vol. 35, n° 2, pp 223-258,

Chapters edited in books

Fiction, Counterfactuals: the challenge for logic

Unity Of Science. Vol. Ii: Special Sciences, S. Rahman, O. Pombo (Eds), Springer, Berlin, 277-299

Three Analyses of Sour Grapes

Preference Change: Approaches From Philosophy, Economics And Psychology, T. Grüne-Yanoff, S. O. Hansson (eds), Springer, Berlin

Working papers

Being up Front about Income Inequality

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2020

Beyond Uncertainty Aversion

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2019

Updating Confidence in Beliefs

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2019

A Non-Bayesian Theory of State-Dependent Utility

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2018

Education

  • Habilitation a diriger des recherches (Qualified Research Supervisor), Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France
  • Doctorat de Philosophie (Ph.D. in Philosophy), Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France
  • Masters de Mathematiques et Informatique, Logique Mathematique et Fondements de l'Informatique , Université Paris Diderot - France
  • DEA de Philosophie, Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences , Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate in Mathematics, University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
  • B.A. in Mathematics, University of Cambridge - United Kingdom

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2007- CNRS Research Professor, Economics - Decision Science HEC Paris
  • 2007- Member of GREGHEC (CNRS) HEC Paris
  • 2006-2007 Post-doctoral researcher, GREGHEC HEC Paris

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Econometric Society
  • Association Francaise de Sciences Economiques (A.F.S.E.)

Editorial activities

  • October 2011- Member of programme committee of LORI-III (Third International Workshop on Logic, Rationality and Interaction), Guangzhou
  • June 2011- Member of scientific committee of RUD11 (Risk, Uncertainty and Decision), Torino
  • Book Review Editor for Oeconomia: April 2012 - present
  • Reviewer, Congres de l'Association Francaise des Sciences Economiques
  • Reviewer, The Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, The Journal of Mathematical Economics, The Journal of Mathematical Psychology, The International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Theory and Decision, Economics and Philosophy, Oeconomia, Games, Erkenntis, Studia Logica, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Synthese, Theoria, The Journal of Logic and Computation, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies
  • Co-editor, Logic of Change, Change of Logic, Special issue of Synthese, November 2009
  • Member of scientific committee of RUD 2010 (Risk, Uncertainty and Decision 2010 Conference), Paris, June 2010. (http://sites.google.com/site/rudparis2010/home
  • Member of the editorial board of Oeconomia, since October 2010

  • Conference organisation

  • 2013-2013 Workshop on decision making under uncertainty and beyond
  • 2010-2010 Member, Scientific Committee: ParisTech - Journal of Economic Theory Conference on Inequality and Risk
  • Member of scientific committee of RUD12 (Risk, Uncertainty and Decision), Evanston
  • Co-organiser of D-TEA, HEC Paris, April 2009, June 2010, June 2011
  • Co-organiser of Paris Workshop in Incomplete Preferences, March 2011
  • Four-day internal seminar at Aussois (main organiser : Philippe MONGIN)
  • Workshop From Social Choice Theory to Logical Aggregation Theory (GREGHEC, LAMSADE, CERSES; main organizers from GREGHEC: Philippe Mongin and Brian Hill)
  • Co-organiser of the Prague International Colloquium « Logic of Change, Change of Logic », September 2008, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Co-organiser of the seminar « Décision et Rationalité », GREGHEC et IHPST, 2007
  • Awards & honors

    • 2014 Medaille de bronze du CNRS