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.
Comments welcome! Presentation videos linked when available (though may not reflect current versions)
Research Registries and the Credibility Crisis: An Empirical and Theoretical Investigation
We empirically study registries, focusing mostly (but not exclusively) on the AEA RCT Registry, and theoretically discuss issues related to incentives behind registration. The Mathematica notebook referenced in the Appendix can be found here.
Evolutionarily Stable (Mis)specifications: Theory and Applications
with Kevin He (Last update: May 2021) To be presented @ EC '21
We introduce a selection criterion on behavioral biases in environments with learning, and show that it need not select for a bias-free worldview in some common applications.
Hypothetical Beliefs Identify Information
(Last update: May 2021)
I demonstrate how to recover a decisionmaker's information structure from posterior beliefs over states, together with posterior beliefs that each signal could be observed. In the process, I make new observations on the geometric structure of information.
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, 2021, 88(3): 1224-1252.
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.