Georg Rilinger


Georg Rilinger

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Georg Rilinger is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Georg’s research focuses on topics in economic sociology, particularly on issues to do with social engineering in the digital economy, the role of expertise in government, the creation of markets and regulatory failure. In recent work he has focused on practical obstacles to the success of market design, the theory of secrecy, the role of economic experts in governmental processes, and the theory of regulatory capture. More broadly, Georg is interested in the question of how undesirable behavior emerges and persists in different market contexts.

Georg holds a BA in political science from the Freie Universität in Berlin, an MPhil in politics from the University of Oxford (Exeter College), and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Sloan, Georg completed a Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. 


"Conceptual Limits of Performativity: Assessing the Feasibility of Market Design Blueprints."

Rilinger, Georg. Socio-Economic Review Vol. 21, No. 2 (2023): 885-908.

"Methodological Problems of Immanent Critique – The Case of Alienation."

Rilinger, Georg. Leviathan Vol. 43, No. 1: 88-112.

"Who Captures Whom? Regulatory Misperceptions and the Timing of Cognitive Capture."

Rilinger, Georg. Regulation & Governance Vol. 17, No. 1 (2023): 43-60.

"The Texas Blackouts and the Problems of Electricity Market Design."

Rilinger, Georg. Promarket Blog. Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, March 2021.

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