Faculty & Research

Chad Syverson

Chad Syverson

George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics

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 serves as an editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has recently 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 two bachelor's degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota, one in economics and one in mechanical engineering. He earned his PhD in economics in 2001 from the University of Maryland. Syverson joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.


2020 - 2021 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
33921 Advanced Industrial Organization I 2020  (Autumn)
42001 Competitive Strategy 2020  (Autumn)


Research Activities

Interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity.

“Sales Force and Competition in Financial Product Markets: The Case of Mexico’s Social Security Privatization.” Econometrica, 2017. (with Justine Hastings and Ali Hortaçsu)

“Challenges to Mismeasurement Explanations for the U.S. Productivity Slowdown.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2017.

“Healthcare Exceptionalism? Performance and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector” American Economic Review, 2016. (with Amitabh Chandra, Amy Finkelstein, and Adam Sacarny)

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

“Vertical Integration and Input Flows.” American Economic Review, 2014. (with Enghin Atalay and Ali Hortaçsu)

For a listing of research publications, please visit the university library listing page.