John A. List

Research Fellow

University of Chicago

John List is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He was previously at AREC and the Department of Economics, University of Maryland. List's published research includes theoretical and empirical inquiries into both positive and normative issues in economics, with a special focus on environmental and resource problems. He has recently conducted several controlled field experimental studies, which have provided insights into the valuation of nonmarket goods and services, public good provisioning, behavioral anomalies, charitable giving, auction theory, and the role of the market in the development of rationality.

His research has been cited in The Economist, The Economic Report of the President, Nature, and Business Week.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8906

Acts of dishonesty permeate life. Understanding their origins, and what mechanisms help to attenuate such acts is an underexplored area of research. This study takes an economics approach to explore the propensity of individuals to act dishonestly across different economic environments. We begin by developing a simple model that highlights...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3278
published in: Experimental Economics, 2008, 11(3), 253-267

This study designs a natural field experiment linked to a controlled laboratory experiment to examine the effectiveness of matching gifts and challenge gifts, two popular strategies used to secure a portion of the $200 billion annually given to charities. We find evidence that challenge gifts positively influence contributions in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3273
published in: Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008

Field experiments occupy a middle ground between laboratory experiments and naturally occurring field data. The idea is to perform a controlled experiment that captures important characteristics of the real world. Relative to traditional empirical economics, field experiments provide an advantage by creating exogenous variation in the variables of interest, allowing...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1302
published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2005, 72 (2), 284-304

Using a unique sample of new Ph.D. economists in 1987 and 1997, we examine how job seekers and their employers alter their search strategies in strong versus weak markets. The 1987 academic market was strong while the 1997 market was much weaker. A multimarket theory of optimal search suggests that...