Sharon Oster
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School: Yale School of Management
Age: 62
Fun fact: Her husband, daughter, and son-in-law are all economists teaching at universities as well.

When Sharon Oster started as dean of the Yale School of Management in 2008, her appointment inspired an anonymous $1 million donation to the school. In honor of Oster's unique ability to connect with students, the Oster Fund was created to maintain the business school's ongoing efforts to unite students with faculty. While this was the most high profile recognition of Oster's teaching excellence, it certainly wasn't the first. In 1988, she was awarded the first Yale School of Management Award for Excellence in Teaching. Then in 2008, she won the award a second time.

Oster is a professor of entrepreneurship and management and specializes in competitive strategy, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and the economics of regulation and antitrust and nonprofit strategy. She has published extensively and is known for including students in her research. Oster's book, Modern Competitive Analysis, emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning and is used widely at management schools.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 30 2012 11:32 AM ET
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