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John Morgan  - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

John Morgan John Morgan

Professor | Oliver E. and Dolores W. Williamson Chair of the Economics of Organizations | Founding Director, Xlab | Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Executive Education| Distinguished Teaching Fellow | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

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Areas of Expertise (4)

Experimental Economics Elections and Polling Competition in Online Markets Communication in Organizations

About

John Morgan is the Oliver E. and Dolores W. Williamson Chair of the Economics of Organizations at Berkeley Haas. He served as a Co-director of the Fisher Information Technology Center and a Founding Director of Xlab, the Experimental Social Sciences Laboratory. Before coming to Berkeley, he was a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He earned his PhD and MS from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as earning a BS (summa cum laude) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Morgan is an editor for the Berkeley Electronic Journals for Theoretical Economics. He is also an associate editor at Management Science and Economic Theory and a member of the editorial board for the California Management Review. His most recent consulting experience is in the area of auctions and dynamic pricing for Google, Digonex, and Paging Systems. He has received awards from the National Science Foundation, and he was selected as a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution and the International Monetary Fund. His research on online pricing earned him a best paper award for 2004 in Journal of Industrial Economics. His article "Price Dispersion in the Large and in the Small: Evidence from an Internet Price Comparison Site" won the Journal of Industrial Economics "best article" prize in 2005. His class on game theory is one of the most popular at Berkeley Haas.

Education (3)

Pennsylvania State University: PhD

Pennsylvania State University: MA, Economics

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: BS, Economics

Honors & Awards (9)

Judge Business School Fellow at Cambridge

2008

Visiting Fellow Commoner Award, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

2007

Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching

2006

W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship

2001-2002

National Science Foundation Research Grant

2004 – 2007, 2001 – 2004, 1997 – 1999

Sloan Fellowship

2000 – 2002

Russell Sage Foundation Research Grant

1997 – 1999

Cyril E. Black Preceptorship

1996 – 1998

Pennsylvania State University Graduate Fellowship

1993 – 1995

Selected External Service & Affiliations (6)

  • Co-editor, B.E. Journals in Theoretical Economics
  • Co-editor, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations
  • Principal, Nash-equilibrium.com
  • Associate Editor, Economic Journal
  • Editorial Board, California Management Review
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2002

2006 – present, Oliver E. and Dolores W. Williamson Chair of the Economics of Organizations
2002 – 2006, Professor, Haas School of Business
1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics Department, New York University
1998, Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Pennsylvania
1996 – 2002, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
1989 – 1992, Senior Accountant, Bankruptcy and Forensic Accounting Group, Grant Thornton

Media Appearances (4)

Professor profiles: John Morgan, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

MBA Mission  online

2018-06-20

Prof. John Morgan, Oliver E. and Dolores W. Williamson Chair of the Economics of Organizations, has been teaching at Berkeley Haas since 2002. He won the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and was the first recipient of the Oliver E. Williamson Award in 2014.

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Professor Profiles: John Morgan, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

mbaMission  online

2017-01-18

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school. However, the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on John Morgan from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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How to restore power to the people

San Francisco Chronicle  online

2016-11-29

In 40 percent of the U.S. presidential elections held in this century, the candidate getting the most votes has lost. In every case, that person was a Democrat. To people not from the United States, such an outcome is puzzling. We are justifiably proud of our democracy with its system where everyone, regardless of wealth, gender, race or religion, has exactly one vote. In elections for the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate, each of these votes counts equally. Indeed, House seats are reapportioned every 10 years to ensure that each seat has roughly the same number of constituents. But there is one exception to this rule giving each vote the same weight — the presidential election. A vote from California has systematically less power than a vote from North Dakota, or indeed any other state. If we truly believe in one person, one vote, we should rethink how we choose our president.

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New research suggests banning investment advice in the media

Investment News  online

2016-08-16

As a result of the barrage of media reports, investors tend to follow what's popular, and that can lead to distorted market prices that are not based on company fundamentals.

“The 'echo chamber' effect of public information can ruin the way the market should function,” Mr. Morgan said.

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Selected Papers & Publications (11)

The Ponds Dilemma The Economic Journal

John Morgan, Dana Sisak and Felix Vardy

2017

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Aspiring to Succeed: a Model of Entrepreneurship and Fear of Failure Journal of Business Venturing

John Morgan and Dana Sisak

2016

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Majority Rule and Utilitarian Welfare American Economic Journal: Microeconomics

Vijay Krishna and John Morgan

2015

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Strategic and Natural Risk in Entrepreneurship: An Experimental Study Journal of Economics & Management Strategy

John Morgan, Henrik Orzen, Martin Sefton, and Dana Sisak

2015

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Identification and Estimation of Online Price Competition With an Unknown Number of Firms Journal of Applied Econometrics

John Morgan, Yonghong An, Michael R. Baye, Yingyao Hu, and Matt Shum

2015

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Who’s Naughty? Who’s Nice? Social Preferences in Online Industries Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

John Morgan and Mitchell Hoffman

2015

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How much is a Dollar Worth? Tipping versus Equilibrium Coexistence on Competing Online Auction Sites Journal of Political Economy

John Morgan and Jennifer Brown

2009

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Brand and Price Advertising in Online Markets Management Science

John Morgan and Michael Baye

2009

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Diversity in the Workplace American Economic Review

John Morgan and Felix Vardy

2009

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Leadership in Groups: A Monetary Policy Experiment International Journal of Central Banking

John Morgan and Alan S. Blinder

2008

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Contracting for Information under Imperfect Commitment RAND Journal of Economics

John Morgan and Vijay Krishna

2008

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Teaching (1)

Courses

Game Theory
Contract Theory
John Morgan

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