The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Gale, David (1921–2008)

  • Joel Sobel
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This article reviews the research of David Gale, who made lasting contributions to game theory, general equilibrium theory, and growth theory. In addition to his influence on the development of economic theory, his work has had important implications for many branches of mathematics and on mathematical education.


Assignment problem Competitive equilibrium Convexity Debreu, G. Existence of competitive equilibrium Gale, David Gale–Shapley algorithm Game theory Global univalence Kuhn, H. Linear inequalities Matching Mathsite Nikaido, H. Ramsey, F. Shapley, L. Tucker, A.W. von Neumann, John Zero-sum game 

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I thank Harold Kuhn and Bernhard von Stengel for helpful comments. Sobel (2009) is a more detailed overview of David Gale’s research contributions.


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