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




Michael Cuna

Michael’s research interests include behavioral finance and behavioral political economy. His current research includes field experiments in social nudges and estimating social preferences at work. Michael holds a Master’s of Science in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE).

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.

Haruka Uchida

Haruka is interested in discrimination, labor economics, and moral dilemmas. The main project she is working on tests whether a lack of diversity in higher education hiring stems from the supply or demand side. Other projects include the effects of non-cognitive and cognitive interventions on child outcomes and school district policy effects on selection into the teaching profession. Haruka received her bachelor’s from Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Psychology.