Canice John Prendergast

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. (Harper Center Room 443), Chicago, IL 60637 U.S.A.
773 702 9159 (telephone)/ 773 834 8172 (fax)/
Faculty Assistant: (773 834 2027 telephone)


Yale University Ph.D. in Economics, 1989
London School of Economic, M.Sc. in Economics, 1986
Trinity College, Dublin, B.A. (Mod.) in Economics, 1983


2003 to present: W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
1998-2003: Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
1995-1998: Associate Professor of Business Economics and Business Policy, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
1990-1994: Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Business Policy, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
1988-1990: Open Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

Editorial Appointments

Editor, Journal of Political Economy, 2003 to present
Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, 1998-2003
Associate Editor, The Rand Journal of Economics, 1998-2003
Foreign Editor, Review of Economic Studies, 1998-2002


"Intrinsic Motivation and Incentives," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 98(2), 201-205, May 2008. 

"The Motivation and Bias of Bureaucrats," American Economic Review 97(1), 180-196, March 2007.

"Contracting in Firms," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition (8 Volume Set), edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Bloom, Palgrave MacMillan, May 27, 2008.

"Favoritism Under Social Pressure," Review of Economics and Statistics 87(2), 208-216, 2005 (with Luis Garicano and Natxo Palacios-Huerta).

"Contracts, Externalities, and Incentives in Shopping Malls," Review of Economics and Statistics 87(3), 411-422, 2005 (with Eric Gould and Peter Pashigian).

"The Limits of Bureaucratic Efficiency," Journal of Political Economy 111(5), 929-959, October 2003.

"The Tenuous Trade-off between Risk and Incentives," Journal of Political Economy 110(5), 1071-1102, October 2002.

"Consumers and Agency Problems," The Economic Journal 112(478), C34-C51, March 2002 (Dennis Sargan Lecture, Royal Economic Society).

"Uncertainty and Incentives," Journal of Labor Economics 20(2) Part 2, S115-S137, April 2002.

"The Non-Monetary Nature of Gifts," European Economic Review 45(10), 1793-1810, December 2001 (with Lars Stole).

"Barter Relationships," in Barter in Post-socialist Economics, edited by Paul Seabright, Cambridge University Press, 2000 (with Lars Stole).

"What Trade-off of Risk and Incentives?" American Economic Review 90(2), 421-425, May 2000.

"The Provision of Incentives in Firms," Journal of Economic Literature 37(1), 7-63, March 1999.

"Restricting the Means of Exchange within Organizations," European Economic Review, 43(4-6), 1007-1019, April 1999 (with Lars Stole).

"Impetuous Youngsters and Jaded Old-Timers: Acquiring a Reputation for Learning," Journal of Political Economy 104(6), 1105-1134, December 1996 (with Lars Stole).

"Favoritism in Organizations," Journal of Political Economy 104(5), 958-978, October 1996 (with Robert H. Topel).

"What Happens within Firms?" Labor Statistics Measurement Issues, edited by John Haltiwanger, Robert Topel and Marilyn Manser, NBER, University of Chicago Press, Chapter 9, pp. 329-356, 1998. 

"Non-Monetary Exchange within Firms and Industry," in Law and Firm Behaviour: 1996 Industry Economics Conference, Australian Government Publishing Service for the Productivity Commission, December, 1996 (with Lars Stole).

"A Theory of Responsibility in Organizations," Journal of Labor Economics 13(3), 387-401, July 1995. 

"A Theory of 'Yes Men'," American Economic Review 83(4), 757-770, September 1993.

"The Role of Promotion in Inducing Specific Human Capital Acquisition," Quarterly Journal of Economics 108(2), 523-534, May 1993.    

"Discretion and Bias in Performance Evaluation," European Economic Review 37(2-3), 355-365, June 1993 (with Robert Topel).

"Merger Failure and Merger Profitability," Journal of Industrial Economics 41(4), 371-386, December 1993 (with Morten Hviid). 

"The Insurance Effect of Groups," International Economic Review 33(3), 567-581, August 1992. 

"Career Development and Specific Human Capital Collection," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies 6(3), 207-227, September 1992.

Unpublished Papers

"Contracts and Conflict in Organizations," mimeo, July 15, 2009.

Last updated: July 15, 2009