The Convocation Speaker

John List, The Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and the College

John A. List is and the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, and the first Chief Economist at Walmart.

Recognized as a pioneer for his innovative use of field experiments to examine issues in micro- and macro-economics, List has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and several books, including best-sellers, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life (with Uri Gneezy) and The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale.

List was named a Top 50 Innovator in the Non-Profit Times for 2015 and 2016 for his work on charitable giving. He served in the White House on the Council of Economic Advisers from 2002-2003 and is presently a Research Associate at the NBER, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor, and a University Fellow at Resources for the Future.

List received his B.S. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming. List joined the UChicago faculty in 2005, and served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2012-2018, and is the former Chief Economist of Uber and Lyft.

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