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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.

Research Interests

Interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity.

Academic Areas

  • Microeconomics

Selected Publications

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
33921 Advanced Industrial Organization I 2023 (Autumn)
33230 The Economics of Companies 2023 (Autumn)

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