John Ifcher is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received a M.P.A. degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.S. in computer science and psychology from the University of Michigan.

His recent research focuses on subjective well-being, social welfare programs, and time and social preferences. One recent paper explored the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on mental health and happiness. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Experimental Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and the Review of Economics of the Household.

John Ifcher joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10452
John Ifcher, Homa Zarghamee, Amanda Cabacungan

Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we examine the impact of the Great Recession on subjective well-being (as measured by life satisfaction) and attempt to identify disparate effects by age. We find that those approaching retirement age (aged 55 to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10171

Economics students have been shown to exhibit more selfishness than other students. Because the literature identifies the impact of long-term exposure to economics instruction (e.g., taking a course), it cannot isolate the specific course content responsible; nor can selection, peer effects, or other confounds be properly controlled for. In a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10155

U.S. income inequality has risen dramatically in recent decades. Researchers consistently find that greater income inequality measured at the state or national level is associated with diminished subjective well-being (SWB) in the U.S. We conduct the first multi-scale analysis (i.e., at the ZIP-code, MSA, and state levels) of the inequality-SWB...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9934

We develop a theoretical framework that integrates four distinct channels through which others' income can affect utility: public goods, cost of living, expectations of future income, and direct effects (relative income hypothesis and/or altruism). We empirically estimate the relationship with U.S. well-being and health data from Gallup and geographically-based median-income...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7261

This paper contributes to the small but growing literature evaluating the health effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In particular, we use data from the National Survey of Families and Households to study the impact of the 1990 federal EITC expansion on several outcomes related to mental health...