Notwithstanding an adolescence that stressed football and chess, John Pencavel gained admission to University College, University of London, where he earned an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Economics. He moved to Princeton University where he secured a Ph.D. He assumed a faculty position in the Department of Economics at Stanford University where he has taken on a variety of administrative positions.

Pencavel’s Ph.D. thesis was on the topic of labor turnover, an issue to which he returned later in examining the effects of various buyout programs (i.e., incentives devised by employers to induce separations of their employees). He has always been interested in questions of hours of work, unionism, and worker-owned and managed firms.
He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of University College, University of London. He served as Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature from 1986 to 1998. He was President of the Western Economic Association International in 2015. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and to various government bodies on labor market issues.
He reads fiction and non-fiction, and enjoys his family.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 13787
forthcoming in: Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13175
published in: ILR Review, 2022, 75 (1), 139 - 167.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10103
published in: Economica, 2016, 83 (322), 545-563
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9182
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2016, 54 (1), 9–24
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8561
published in: Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, 43 (3), 677-689
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8129
published in: Economic Journal, 2015, 125 (589), 2052-2076
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7232
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2014, 67 (1), 138-170
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6932
published in: Anna Grandori (ed.), Handbook of Economic Organization, Edward Elgar, 2013
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5455
published in: American Economic Review, 2011, 101 (3), 565–570
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