Chicago Experiments Research Professionals

John List’s Chicago Experiments Group (CEG) is comprised of senior and junior faculty, post-doctoral and graduate researchers, and pre-doctoral research professionals (RPs), all of whom employ a field experiment approach to study what works and why. John coordinates the collaborative efforts of the CEG by hosting weekly team meetings, which include project updates and presentations by internal and external speakers.

As an RP, you will not only have the opportunity to work with leading scholars but you will also have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Exposure to cutting edge research
  • Experiencing at all stages of research
  • Building technical skills and inter-professional skills
  • Managing research assistants
  • Letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Opportunity to take UChicago courses (with subsidized tuition)

The RP position is designed to support pre-doctoral researchers in their preparation for graduate programs at top economics departments. Previous RPs have been successfully admitted to elite PhD programs (UChicago Econ, UChicago Harris, Northwestern, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Yale, Berkeley, Wharton and Stanford). Many RPs have also gone on to teach at top research institutions (Brown, Harris, Purdue).

Current Research Professionals


David Franks
David’s research interest is public economics broadly and the criminal justice system in particular. Most recently, he has worked on projects aiming to understand the effects of non-price interventions in the fields of public health and energy efficiency. David holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School

Uditi Karna
Uditi is interested in education, inequality, and human capital development. Much of her work is on field experiments in K-12 schools, including measuring peer effects on child outcomes and the impact of tutoring on low-SES students during Covid-19. Currently, she is working on a project aimed to estimate the racial excellence gap in education. Uditi received her Bachelor’s in Economics with a specialization in Data Science from the University of Chicago.

Lina Ramirez Leguizamon
Lina’s research interests lie at the intersection of development, political economy, and behavioral economics. She has worked on a variety of projects related to the Joint Initiative for Latin American Experiments (JILAEE) in partnership with the University of CEMA in Argentina and in education projects. She holds a MA and BA in Economics with a minor in Law from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

Ariel Listo
Ariel’s research is focused on the intersection of resource and behavioral economics through field experiments. Most recently, he has worked on projects that aim to understand the effect of non-price interventions on households’ electricity usage and the persistence of such effect over time. He is mainly interested in the mechanisms that induce individuals and policy-makers to make environmentally sensible decisions. Ariel holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Maine.

Atom Vayalinkal
Atom is interested in theoretical and applied econometrics, behavioural economics, and political economy. Recently, he has been working on projects related to testing multiple hypotheses in experimental settings.  Some of his other work includes projects studying the effects of behavioural biases in sports and finance. Atom holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto.