John Kennan

University of Wisconsin, Madison and National Bureau of Economic Research, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Richard Meese Professor of Economics, The University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research interest

Bargaining (with applications to labor negotiations and to monetary theory), cyclical employment, wage fluctuations, and migration


PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 1973

Selected publications

  • “The effect of expected income on individual migration decisions.” Econometrica (January 2011) (with J. R. Walker).

  • “Repeated bargaining with persistent private information.” Review of Economic Studies 68 (October 2001): 719–755.

  • “Bargaining with private information.” Journal of Economic Literature (March 1993): 45–104 (with R. Wilson).