Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His research has been published in several top journals and has earned multiple National Science Foundation Awards. He also coauthored (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt) an intermediate-level text, Microeconomics.
"My engineering background definitely spurred my research interest in productivity. I like to visit factories and investigate how things are put together, what can go wrong when they are, and what factors influence companies’ operating success (or lack thereof)."
Syverson is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served on National Academies committees and as the chair of the Chicago Census Research Data Center Board. Prior to his appointment at the University of Chicago, Syverson was a mechanical engineer for Loral Defense Systems and Unisys Corporation.
He earned bachelor's degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota in economics and mechanical engineering. He earned his PhD in economics in 2001 from the University of Maryland. Syverson joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.
“An Industrial Organization Perspective on Productivity.” (with Jan De Loecker), in Handbook of Industrial Organization, Vol. 4, Kate Ho, Ali Hortaçsu, and Alessandro Lizzeri, eds., Amsterdam: North Holland, 2021.
“Product Innovation, Product Diversification, and Firm Growth: Evidence from Japan’s Early Industrialization.” (with Serguey Braguinsky, Atsushi Ohyama, and Tetsuji Okazaki), American Economic Review, 111(12), (December 2021), 3795-3826.
“Fear, Lockdown, and Diversion: Comparing Drivers of Pandemic Economic Decline 2020.” (with Austan Goolsbee), Journal of Public Economics, 193, (January 2021).
“The Productivity J-Curve: How Intangibles Complement General Purpose Technologies (with Erik Brynjolfsson and Daniel Rock), American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 13(1), (January 2021), 333-72.
“How Wide Is the Firm Border?” (with Enghin Atalay, Ali Hortaçsu, and Mary Jialin Li), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 134(4), (November 2019), 1845-82.
For a listing of research publications, please visit the university library listing page.