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John Hatfield

John Hatfield
CBA 6.254 (512-471-4901)

Associate Professor

Business, Government and Society


John Hatfield studies market design, an engineering-oriented field of economic theory that considers how the design of the rules and regulations of a market affects the functioning and outcomes of that market. He specializes in matching theory, a field of economics that studies markets in which agents have explicit preferences over whom they buy from and sell to, not just over the underlying goods bought and sold. Examples of such economies include the markets for medical residency positions, the assignment of students to public schools, and the formation of collaborative research enterprises. His work in market design has led to a deeper understanding of such diverse markets as kidney exchange, assigning U.S. Army military cadets to branches of service, and the dynamics of shareholder voting.


John W. Hatfield. 2015. Federalism, Taxation, and Economic Growth. Journal of Urban Economics 87, 114-125.
John W. Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers. 2015. Multilateral Matching. Journal of Economic Theory 156, 175-206.
John W. Hatfield and William R. Hauk, Jr.. 2014. Electoral Regime and Trade Policy. Journal of Comparative Economics 42(3), 518-534.
John W. Hatfield and Katrina Kosec. 2013. Federal Competition and Economic Growth. Journal of Public Economics 97(Jan), 144-159.
John W. Hatfield. 2013. Revenue Decentralization, the Local Income Tax Deduction, and the Provision of Public Goods. National Tax Journal 66(1), 97-116.
John W. Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers. 2013. Vacancies in Supply Chain Networks. Economics Letters 119(3), 354-357.
John W. Hatfield and Gerard Padro i Miquel. 2012. A Political Economy Theory of Partial Decentralization. Journal of European Economic Association 10(3), 605-633.
John W. Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers. 2012. Matching in Networks with Bilateral Contracts. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 4(1), 176-208.
John W. Hatfield and Jordan M. Barry. 2012. Pills and Partisans: Understanding Takeover Defenses. University of Pennsylvania Law Review 160(3), 633-713.
John W. Hatfield, Nicole Immorlica, and Scott Duke Kominers. 2012. Testing Substitutability. Games and Economic Behavior 75(2), 639-645.
John W. Hatfield, Charles R. Plott, and Tomomi Tanaka. 2012. Understanding Price Controls and Non-Price Competition with Matching Theory. American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 102(3), 371-375.
John W. Hatfield and Scott Duke Kominers. 2011. Stability and Competitive Equilibrium in Matching Markets with Transfers. SIGecom Exchanges 10(3), 29-34.
John W. Hatfield. 2010. Ricardian Equivalence for Local Government Bonds: A Utility Maximization Approach. Economics Letters 107(2), 148-151.
John W. Hatfield and Fuhito Kojima. 2010. Substitutes and Stability for Matching with Contracts. Journal of Economic Theory 145(5), 1704-1723.
John W. Hatfield and Fuhito Kojima. 2009. Incentive Compatibility in Matching with Contracts. Games and Economic Behavior 67(2), 745-749.
John W. Hatfield. 2009. Strategy-Proof, Efficient, and Nonbossy Quota Allocations. Social Choice and Welfare 33(3), 505-515.
John W. Hatfield. 2008. Backward Intergenerational Goods with Endogenous Fertility. Journal of Public Economic Theory 10(5), 765-784.
John W. Hatfield and Fuhito Kojima. 2008. Matching with Contracts: Comment. American Economic Review 98(3), 1189-1194.
John W. Hatfield and Paul R. Milgrom. 2005. Matching with Contracts. American Economic Review 95(4), 913-935.
John W. Hatfield. 2005. Pairwise Kidney Exchange: Comment. Journal of Economic Theory 125(2), 189-193.

Professional Awards

Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review, 2009, 2011, 2012
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005