Michael Gibbs

University of Chicago, USA, and IZA, Germany

I am very glad to participate in this project. It is an important way to improve dissemination and accessibility of labor economics research to the public and policymakers. Labor markets are changing dramatically because of globalization and technological change, making this goal all the more important

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Clinical Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA

Research interest

Human resources, organizational design, personnel economics, wages and incentives, performance evaluation, staff management

Past positions

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School (1988–1993); Visiting Professor, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris (2004–2006); Visiting Professor, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark (2004–2005, 2010)


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1989

Selected publications

  • “A field experiment in motivating employee ideas.” Review of Economics and Statistics (Forthcoming) (with S. Neckermann and C. Siemroth).

  • “An empirical analysis of post-merger organizational integration.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 118:3 (2016): 463–493 (with K. Ierulli and V. Smeets).

  • “Why are jobs designed the way they are?” Research in Labor Economics 30 (2010): 107–154 (with A. Levenson and C. Zoghi).

  • “Determinants and effects of subjectivity in incentives.” The Accounting Review 79:2 (2004): 409–436 (with K. Merchant, M. Vargus, and W. Van der Stede).

  • The internal economics of the firm: Evidence from personnel data.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 109:4 (1994): 881–919 (with G. Baker and B. Holmstrom).