Chad Syverson
J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers; Comments Welcome

Healthcare Exceptionalism? Performance and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector (with Amitabh Chandra, Amy Finkelstein, and Adam Sacarny). New 8/15.

Sales Force and Competition in Privatized Social Security: The Case of Mexico (with Justine Hastings and Ali Hortaçsu) New version and slightly different title 8/15.

The Effects of Environmental Regulation on the Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing (with Michael Greenstone and John List)

Geographic Variation in Rosiglitazone use Surrounding FDA Warnings in the Department of Veterans Affairs (with Vishal Ahuja, Min-Woong Sohn, John R. Birge, Elly Budiman-Mak, Nicholas Emanuele, Jennifer M. Cooper, and Elbert S. Huang), Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, forthcoming.

The Slow Growth of New Plants: Learning about Demand (with Lucia Foster and John Haltiwanger) Economica, forthcoming.


"The Ongoing Evolution of US Retail: A Format Tug-of-War," (with Ali Hortaçsu), Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 2015.

"Competition in the Audit Market: Policy Implications," (with Joseph Gerakos) Journal of Accounting Research, September 2015.

"Acquisitions, Productivity, and Profitability: Evidence from the Japanese Cotton Spinning Industry," (with Serguey Braguinsky, Atsushi Ohyama, Tetsuji Okazaki) American Economic Review, July 2015. Online appendix.

"Vertical Integration and Input Flows," (with Enghin Atalay and Ali Hortaçsu); (formerly "Why Do Firms Own Production Chains?"). American Economic Review, April 2014.

“The Importance of Measuring Dispersion in Firm-Level Outcomes,” in IZA World of Labor, Bloomsbury, May 2014.

"Toward an Understanding of Learning by Doing: Evidence from an Automobile Plant," (with Steve Levitt and John List). Journal of Political Economy, August 2013.

"Indirect Costs of Financial Distress in Durable Goods Industries: The Case of Auto Manufacturers," (with Ali Hortaçsu, Gregor Matvos, and Sriram Venkataraman). Review of Financial Studies, May 2013.

Microeconomics. (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt), Worth, 2013.

"Will History Repeat Itself? Comments on 'Is the Information Technology Revolution Over?'" International Productivity Monitor, Spring 2013, 37-40.

"Online vs. Offline Competition," (with Ethan Lieber), in Oxford Handbook of the Digital Economy, Martin Peitz and Joel Waldfogel (eds.), 2012.

"What Determines Productivity?" Journal of Economic Literature, June 2011.

"Is an Automaker's Road to Bankruptcy Paved with Customers' Beliefs?" (with Ali Hortaçsu, Gregor Matvos, Chaehee Shin, and Sriram Venkataraman), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2011. Online appendix.

"Network Structure of Production” (with Enghin Atalay, Ali Hortaçsu and Jimmy Roberts) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 29, 2011.

"Technological Change and the Growing Inequality in Managerial Compensation," (with Hanno Lustig and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh). Journal of Financial Economics, March 2011.

"E-commerce and the Market Structure of Retail Industries," (with Maris Goldmanis, Ali Hortaçsu, and Onsel Emre). Economic Journal, June 2010.

"How Do Incumbents Respond to the Threat of Entry? Evidence from the Major Airlines" (with Austan GoolsbeeQuarterly Journal of Economics, November 2008.

"Market Distortions When Agents are Better Informed: The Value of Information in Real Estate Transactions" (with Steve Levitt)   Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2008.

"Reallocation, Firm Turnover, and Efficiency: Selection on Productivity or Profitability?" (with Lucia Foster and John HaltiwangerAmerican Economic Review, March 2008. Note on robustness to removing modal price observations.

"Markets: Ready-Mixed Concrete," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2008

"Antitrust Implications of Home Seller Outcomes when using Flat-Fee Real Estate Agents" (with Steve Levitt) Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs 2008.

"Prices, Spatial Competition, and Heterogeneous Producers: An Empirical Test," Journal of Industrial Economics, June 2007

"Cementing Relationships: Vertical Integration, Foreclosure, Productivity, and Prices," (with Ali Hortaçsu) Journal of Political Economy, April 2007

"Market Structure and Productivity: A Concrete Example," Journal of Political Economy, December 2004

"Product Differentiation, Search Costs, and Competition in the Mutual Fund Industry: A Case Study of S&P 500 Index Funds," (with Ali Hortaçsu), Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2004

"Product Substitutability and Productivity Dispersion," Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2004

Disclosure Statement


I teach MBA Competitive Strategy (Bus 42001) and the first course of the PhD Industrial Organization sequence (Econ 401, Bus 33921). Materials for both of these courses can be found on Chalk (must be registered)

Chad Syverson


Contact Information


University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave..
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-7815