John A. List, Ph.D.
Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
John A. List, Ph.D. is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and several published textbooks. His latest book, The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale, was published in February 2022. He is the co-author, with Steven Levitt, Ph.D., of the 2013 international best seller, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life.
Prof. List’s research focuses on combining field experiments with economic theory to deepen our understanding of the economic science. In the early 1990s, he pioneered field experiments as a methodology for testing behavioral theories and learning about behavioral principles that are shared across different domains. To obtain data for his field experiments, Prof. List has made use of several different markets, including charitable fundraising activities, the sports trading card industry, the ride-share industry, and the education sector, to highlight a few. This has led to collaborative work with several different schools and charities, as well as firms including: Lyft, Uber, United Airlines, Virgin Airlines, Humana, Sears, Kmart, Facebook, Google, General Motors, Tinder, Citadel, Walmart, and several non-profits.
Prof. List was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2015. He received the 2010 Kenneth Galbraith Award, the 2008 Arrow Prize for Senior Economists for his research in behavioral economics in the field, and was the 2012 Yrjo Jahnsson Lecture Prize recipient. He is a current editor of the Journal of Political Economy.