Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. One specific interest is trying to understand the significant differences in productivity between firms within an industry, both in the US and globally. He has studied the causal impact of industry concentration and competition as well as workers' learning in these productivity differences. He also coauthored (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt) an intermediate-level text, Microeconomics.
He earned two bachelor's degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota, in economics and in mechanical engineering. He earned his PhD in economics in 2001 from the University of Maryland. Syverson joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.