John Hatfield’s research interests lie in microeconomic theory, political economy, public finance, and behavioral economics. Much of his work focuses on contracts, competition and strategy considered within a business framework, as well as on price controls.
Hatfield won the Excellence in Refereeing Award from the American Economic Review in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Since 2013, he has been associate editor of Economic Theory. He is also a grant proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Game Theory Society.
He currently teaches a class on advanced managerial strategy at the McCombs School of Business. This class focuses on using the tools of economics to enhance managers' understanding of contractual relationships within firms, interactions between firms, and the legal environment in which firms operate. He also teaches a PhD course on market design.
He completed his PhD in economics at Stanford University in 2005, and earned BS degrees in mathematics and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2000.