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CHAD SYVERSON is the J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has been on the faculty at Chicago since 2001. His research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. He has published research articles in a variety of top academic journals; co-authored a textbook, Microeconomics; and has earned several National Science Foundation Awards, Olin Foundation Grants, and a Brookings Dissertation Fellowship.
Dr. Syverson is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and an associate editor of the Rand Journal of Economics, Management Science, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Environmental and Energy Economics Programs. He also serves on the board of the Chicago Census Research Data Center. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Syverson was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and a mechanical engineer for Loral Defense Systems and Unisys Corporation. “What Determines Productivity?,” Journal of Economic Literature (2011); “On the Network Structure of Production” (with Enghin Atalay, Ali Hortaçsu, and Jimmy Roberts), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011); and “Reallocation, Firm Turnover, and Efficiency: Selection on Productivity or Profitability?” (with Lucia Foster and John Haltiwanger), American Economic Review (2008).
He earned two bachelor’s degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota, one in economics and one in mechanical engineering. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in 2001.