Walter David "Bud" Fackler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics
John Huizinga conducts empirical studies in macroeconomics and finance, both domestic and international and also studies econometric theory. His research has appeared in numerous journals, including Econometrica, the Journal of Econometrics, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.
Huizinga was first drawn to macroeconomics after observing how the economy exerts a powerful influence on people's lives. Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1980, Huizinga taught at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Business at Standford University. From 1993 to 2004, Huizinga served as the deputy dean for the faculty at the Chicago Booth. A combination of the negotiation experience from this position and being in the right place at the right time led Huizinga to become the agent of NBA star Yao Ming.
His teaching has been influenced by his professional and practical experience, and also by having a son in college. "When I am making decisions about my teaching, I ask myself, 'Is this the way I would want a professor to treat my son?'" But the best part of teaching, according to Huizinga, "is you get to learn a lot of new stuff. Also, a big part of it is also the gratification you get when you help other people learn."
In addition to learning to think logically and deeply about macroeconomic issues, he hopes his students learn to clearly convey their views about the economy to others.
Huizinga earned two bachelor's degrees cum laude in economics and in math, from Pomona College in 1976. He earned a PhD in economics from MIT in 1980 and joined the Chicago Booth faculty later that year.