Associate Professor, Economics, Undergraduate Leadership Team Chair
John Ifcher teaches courses in microeconomics, the economics of the public sector, the economics of poverty and income inequality, and economic research methods.
His recent research focuses on decision making on behalf of others, subjective well-being, social welfare programs, and the impact of economics instruction. One recent paper investigates the impact of relative income on subjective well-being; another investigates the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on government- and market-attitudes. He has published articles in the American Economic Review; Experimental Economics; the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; the Journal of Economic Inequality; the Journal of Economic Psychology; the Journal of Happiness Studies; the Journal of Health Economics; the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics; and the Review of Economics of the Household.
John Ifcher received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received a M.P.A. degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a B.S. in computer science and psychology from the University of Michigan. He worked for the city of New York as the Senior Advisor to the Parks Commissioner between 1993 and 1998.