Professor Theodore Groves received his BA with honors from Harvard in 1964 and his
PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Prior to coming to
the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a Professor of Economics in 1979, he
was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Northwestern
University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Stanford University. He was a founder
of mechanism design theory and the discoverer of the “Groves Mechanism,” for eliciting
truthful information in an incentive-compatible manner. He and co-author John Ledyard
also developed the first general equilibrium solution to the “free rider problem” of public
Professor Groves has also studied the Chinese economy’s transition to a market
economy, optimal policies for minimizing the occurrence of oil spills, the incentive
compatibility of stated-preference surveys, the efficient management of international
and national fisheries, conservation contracting between NGOs and local natural
resource based communities, and improved methods for video multiplexing.
At UCSD Professor Groves was Chairman of the Economics Department from 1982 –
1985, San Diego Divisional Chair of the Academic Senate of the University of California
1989 – 1990, Associate Chancellor of UCSD 1995 – 1996, and Associate Dean of Social
Sciences 1998 – 2000. He has also chaired various committees of the Academic
Senate, including the Committee on Educational Policy, Committee on Planning and
Budget, Committee on Community and Campus Environment, and served on numerous
other Academic Senate and Administrative committees.
Professor Groves retired in 2011 and was appointed Professor Emeritus of Economics.
He is currently also the Director Emeritus of the Center for Environmental Economics in
the Department of Economics at UCSD and remains involved in ongoing research on
international and national fisheries, water pricing, and numerous projects for managing
marine resources and the protection of endangered species.
He is an elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts
Professor Groves is married to Dr. Katja Lindenberg, Distinguished Professor of
Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD. He has a son and daughter and two
grandchildren and a stepson and stepdaughter and seven step grandchildren. He and
his wife travel extensively throughout the world, most recently to Cuba, Singapore, and
Bali, with upcoming trips scheduled to Ecuador, Australia, Venice, Israel, and Brazil later
this year (2014). He enjoys hiking, scuba diving, swimming, cooking, gardening, reading (history, especially), and classical music (operatic vocal music, especially).
(last updated, March, 2014)