• Jonathan A. Libgober

    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

    Welcome to my website!


    I am a microeconomic theorist studying the acquisition, transmission or dynamics of information. I am particularly focused on the design of optimal policies, and am interested in both pure and applied theory.


    I received my PhD in Economics from Harvard in May 2018. I have been at USC since the start of 2019.

  • Curriculum Vitae

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  • Working Papers

    Comments welcome!

    Research Registries: Facts, Myths, and Possible Improvements

    We empirically study pre-registration patterns in economics, and discuss the implications of policies related to the timing of registration. The Mathematica notebook referenced in the Appendix can be found here.

    Machine Learning for Strategic Inference

    with In-Koo Cho 

    In a simple buyer-seller game, we exhibit an algorithm which ensures that agents play a Bayesian best reply (approximately).


    with Duarte Gonçalves and Jack Willis (In Progress, presentation slides available upon request)

    We experimentally document the distinct ways in which retractions of information influence beliefs.

  • Publications

    I heard it was this or perish...

    False Positives

    and Transparency


    American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Forthcoming

    Lack of transparency over research methods can induce bias. But the incentive to de-bias may lead to more informative experiments.


    The model introduced is one of costly communication with partial (sender) commitment.

    Informational Robustness in Intertemporal Pricing

    (with Xiaosheng Mu)

    Review of Economic Studies,


    Constant price paths deliver the optimal profit guarantee when a seller does not know how buyers learn about a product.


    Formally, this paper introduces an informationally robust approach into the dynamic pricing literature.

  • Education

    Once a student, always a student...

    Harvard University

    Ph.D. (2012-2018)

    Thesis Title: Information and Learning in Mechanism Design


    Advisors: Drew Fudenberg and Eric Maskin


    M.A. awarded 2014, field exams in Microeconomic Theory and Industrial Organization

    University of Chicago

    Undergraduate (2008-2012)

    S.B. in Mathematics (Departmental Honors, Paul R. Cohen award for top 5 record in graduating class)

    A.B. in Economics (Departmental Honors, David S. Hu award for coursework and thesis)

    A.B. in Statistics

    Phi Beta Kappa

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