News story 2nd Apr 2014

World-leading experimental economist joins Monash

An already strong behavioural economics group in the Faculty of Business and Economics has been bolstered by the appointment of Professor John List.

Professor List was welcomed to the Faculty at the recent Behavioural and Experimental Economics conference, where he was the keynote speaker. The Department of Economics hosted the conference at the Clayton campus.

Following a visit to the University last year to deliver a presentation on field experiments, Professor List was approached to join the Faculty.

Professor John List

"I didn't hesitate taking up the appointment when I was approached," Professor List said.

"I was impressed with the group of experimental and behavioural and experimental economists here at the University – it is the biggest and best I have seen."

He has been at the forefront of environmental economics and has served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors for Environmental and Resource Economics.

Professor List will divide his time between Monash and the University of Chicago, where he is the Homer J Livingston Professor of Economics and the Chairman of the Department of Economics.

He uses field experiments to explore economic questions, testing how people behave in natural settings and whether that behaviour is consistent with economic theory. Initially, his work was greeted by scepticism, but that attitude changed and his work has been widely published in leading academic journals.

Professor List has set himself a number of goals, which, once achieved, will have made his appointment with Monash a success: to assist in the improvement of behavioural and experimental economics research within the Faculty; assist in the improvement of the work of Monash researchers; help with the solution of social problems within our society; and have fun in the process.

"I have already set up some very interesting research collaborations and I'll be joining two Monash researchers, Dr Andreas Leibbrandt and Professor Lata Gangadharan, to meet with policy makers in Canberra. I'm really looking forward to working with the team at Monash," Professor List said.

Professor List's most recent book, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics Behind Everyday Life, co-authored with Uri Gneezy, has been praised by economists as a revolutionary take on behavioural economics.

You can find more information on Professor John List's homepage.

I was impressed with the group of experimental and behavioural and experimental economists here at the University – it is the biggest and best I have seen.

Professor John List

He uses field experiments to explore economic questions, testing how people behave in natural settings and whether that behaviour is consistent with economic theory. Initially, his work was greeted by scepticism, but that attitude changed and his work has been widely published in leading academic journals.

Professor List has set himself a number of goals, which, once achieved, will have made his appointment with Monash a success: to assist in the improvement of behavioural and experimental economics research within the Faculty; assist in the improvement of the work of Monash researchers; help with the solution of social problems within our society; and have fun in the process.

"I have already set up some very interesting research collaborations and I'll be joining two Monash researchers, Dr Andreas Leibbrandt and Professor Lata Gangadharan, to meet with policy makers in Canberra. I'm really looking forward to working with the team at Monash," Professor List said.

Professor List's most recent book, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics Behind Everyday Life, co-authored with Uri Gneezy, has been praised by economists as a revolutionary take on behavioural economics.

You can find more information on Professor John List's homepage.