September, 1999
Curriculum Vitae

John Kennan

Address:
 
Department of Economics Phone: 608-262-5393
The University of Wisconsin Fax: 608-263-3876
1180 Observatory Drive e-mail: jkennan@ssc.wisc.edu
Madison, WI 53706 Web: www.ssc.wisc.edu/~jkennan

Education:
1968 B.A., University College, Dublin.
1973 Ph.D., Northwestern University.

Employment
1992-     Professor of Economics, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
1999      Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Stanford University (Autumn Quarter)
1987-92  Professor of Economics, The University of Iowa.
1987-88 National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
1987-88 Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Stanford University.
1980-87 Associate Professor of Economics, The University of Iowa.
1977-79 Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, McMaster University.
1972-80 Assistant Professor of Economics, Brown University.

Professional Appointments:
1985-95 Member, Board of Editors, American Economic Review.
1990-93 Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Economics.
1990-97 Associate Editor, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics
1996- Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Fields:
Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics.
 

Grants and Awards:
Vilas Associate, University of Wisconsin, 1998-00.

National Science Foundation Grant SBR-9410711, "Repeated Bargaining with Persistent Private Information: Structural Estimation of Screening Equilibria," 1994-98.
National Science Foundation Grant SES-9123263, "Empirical Applications of Strategic Bargaining Models", 1992-94.
National Science Foundation Grant SES-8910930, "Tests of Strategic Bargaining Models using Data on Strikes and Wage Settlements", 1989-91.
National Science Foundation Grant SES-8607771 (Co-PI with Robert Forsythe and Barry Sopher): "An Experimental Study of Private Information Theories of Strikes," 1986-89.
National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1987-88.
National Science Foundation Grant SES-8510539 (Co-PI with Robert Forsythe): "An Experimental Study of Strikes," 1985-86.
National Science Foundation Grant SES-8309003 (Principal Investigator): "Equilibrium Labor Market Fluctuations: Theories and Evidence," 1983-85.
University Faculty Scholarship award, University of Iowa, 1991-1993.

Graduate student teaching award, University of Iowa, 1982-83, 1986-87, and 1989-90.
Prize Winner, Economics of Labor Unions Prize Contest; Center for Study of Public Choice, 1979.

Publications:
"Uniformly Optimal Infinite Horizon Plans," (with Peter J. Hammond), International Economic Review, 1979, 283-96.
"The Estimation of Partial Adjustment Models with Rational Expectations," Econometrica, 1979, 1441-1456.
"Bonding and the Enforcement of Labor Contracts," Economics Letters, 1979, 61-66.
"Pareto Optimality and the Economics of Strike Duration," Journal of Labor Research, 1980, 77-94.
"The Effect of Unemployment Insurance Payments on Strike Duration," in Unemployment Compensation: Studies and Research, Volume 2, National Commission on Unemployment Compensation, 1980, 467-483.
"The Existence of Expected Utility Maximizing Decisions when Utility is Unbounded," Econometrica, 1981, 215-8.
"The Employment-Real Wage Relationship: An International Study," (with P. T. Geary), Journal of Political Economy, 1982, 854-71.
"The Duration of Contract Strikes in U.S. Manufacturing," Journal of Econometrics, 28 (1985) 5-28.
"The Economics of Strikes," in Orley Ashenfelter and Richard Layard, eds., Handbook of Labor Economics, New York: North-Holland, 1986, 1091-1137.
"Do Big Countries Win Tariff Wars?" (with R. Riezman), International Economic Review, 29(1), February 1988, 81-85.
"An Econometric Analysis of Fluctuations in Aggregate Labor Supply and Demand," Econometrica, 56(2), March 1988, 317-333.
"Equilibrium Interpretations of Employment and Real Wage Variations," in Stanley Fischer, Ed., NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1988, MIT Press, 157-205.
"Simultaneous Equations Bias in Disaggregated Econometric Models," Review of Economic Studies, January 1989, 151-156.
"Strategic Bargaining Models and Interpretation of Strike Data," (with Robert Wilson), Journal of Applied Econometrics, December 1989 (Supplement), Vol. 4, S87-S130.
"Optimal Tariff Equilibria with Customs Unions" (with R. Riezman), Canadian Journal of Economics, February 1990, 70-83.
"Can Strategic Bargaining Models Explain Collective Bargaining Data?" (with Robert Wilson), American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, May 1990, 80 (2), 405-409.
"Theories of Bargaining Delays," (with Robert Wilson), Science, Vol. 249, 7 September 1990, 1124-1128.
"Dividing a Shrinking Pie: An Experimental Study of Strikes in Bargaining Games with Complete Information," (with Robert Forsythe and Barry Sopher) in Mark Isaac, editor, Research in Experimental Economics, Volume 4, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1991, 223-268.
"An Experimental Analysis of Strikes in Bargaining Games with One-Sided Private Information," (with Robert Forsythe and Barry Sopher), American Economic Review, March 1991, 253-278.
"Bargaining with Private Information," (with Robert Wilson), Journal of Economic Literature, March 1993, 45-104.
"Repeated Contract Negotiations with Private Information," Japan and the World Economy, 7 (1995), 447-472.
"The Elusive Effects of Minimum Wages," Journal of Economic Literature, December 1995, 1949-1965.
"Minimum Wage Regulation," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law, 1998.

Book Reviews and Comments
"Comment on 'Hysteresis and the European Unemployment Problem', by Blanchard and Summers," in Stanley Fischer, Ed., NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1986, MIT Press, 78-85.
Review of Labor Demand, by Daniel S. Hamermesh, Journal of Economic Literature, September 1995, 1371-3.
Review of Rewarding Work , by Edmund S. Phelps, Journal of Economic Literature, September 1999, 1202-3.
Review of Advances in economics and econometrics , edited by David M. Kreps and Kenneth F. Wallis, Journal of Economic Literature, September 1999, 1184-6.

Unpublished Papers
"Bargaining and Strikes with Two-Sided Private Information," presented to the Econometric Society, Berkeley, June 1987; revised August 1987.
"Why Does the Information Matrix Test Reject Too Often? A Diagnosis of Some Monte Carlo Symptoms," (with George Neumann), January 1988.
"Inflation Precedes Recession: An Empirical Re-Examination of the Phillips Curve" (with P. T. Geary), paper presented to the Econometric Society, New York, December 1988.
"Screening Models of Bargaining with Private Information: An Empirical Application," (with Robert Wilson), presented at the World Congress of the Econometric Society, August 1990; revised January 1991.
"Repeated Wage Bargaining with Private Information," (with Robert Wilson), January 1992.
"Stationary Equilibrium in a Repeated Bargaining Game with Serially Correlated Private Information," presented at the European Economic Association Annual Congress, Dublin, August 1992.
"Repeated Contract Negotiations with Transient Private Information," presented at the Society for Economic Dynamics and Control Annual Meetings, Nafplio, June 1993.
"Information Cycles in Repeated Contracts," presented at the NBER Summer Institute, July 1993.

Work in Progress
"Repeated Bargaining with Persistent Private Information," SSRI Working Paper 9708R, University of Wisconsin, December 1998.
"Informational Business Cycles," mimeo, November 1996, revised June 1998.
"Geographical Wage Differentials, Welfare Benefits and Life-Cycle Migration," (with James R. Walker) presented at the Winter Meetings of the Econometric Society, New Orleans, January 1997.
"Optimal, Monetary Impulse-Response Functions in a Matching Model," (with Brett Katzman and Neil Wallace), Working Paper No. 595, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, September 1999.
"Informational Rents in Bargaining with Serially Correlated Valuations," December 1998
An Elementary Fixed Point Theorem for Increasing Concave Functions on Rn, May 1999.

Recent Seminar Presentations and Conference Activities:
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations, Research Meeting (invited participant), Palo Alto, February 1996.
University of Chicago, Labor and Applied Economics Workshop (invited seminar), April 1996.
Carnegie-Rochester Conference on Public Policy (invited participant), Rochester, April 1996.
Society of Labor Economists Conference (invited discussant), Chicago, May 1996.
Econometric Society Summer Meetings (program committee, presented paper), Iowa City, June 1996
NBER Summer Institute (invited paper), Cambridge, July 1996.
Canadian International Labor Network Conference (invited discussant), McMaster University, September 1996.
Conference on "Aggregation and Propagation of Cyclical Shocks (invited participant), UCLA, October, 1996.
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations, small group research meeting (invited discussant), Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, October 1996.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (invited seminar), November 1996.
Econometric Society Winter Meetings (program committee, discussant, presented paper), New Orleans, January 1997.
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations, Research Meeting (invited participant), Palo Alto, January 1997.
Handbook of Macroeconomics Conference, (invited participant), Federal Reserve Bank of New York, February 1997.
University of Michigan, (invited seminar), April 1997.
Florida International University, (invited seminar), April 1997.
Society of Labor Economists Conference (invited paper), Washington, DC, May 1997.
Northwestern University, (invited seminar), May 1997.
Conference on Heterogeneity and Economic Activity, (invited discussant), University of Iowa, May 1997.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, (invited seminar), July 1997.
Society of Economic Dynamics Conference (contributed paper), Oxford, July 1997.
Summer Workshop in Macroeconomics, (invited paper), Northwestern University, July/August, 1997.
Conference on "Recent Developments in Business Cycle Theory and Economic Policy," (invited paper, invited discussant), Hydra, Greece, September 1997.
Conference on "Aggregation and Propagation of Cyclical Shocks," (invited discussant), University of Rochester, October, 1997.
Yale University, (invited seminar), November 1997.
Pennsylvania State University, (invited seminar), November 1997.
Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, (invited seminar), December 1997.
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Research Meeting (invited discussant), Palo Alto, February 1998.
Society of Labor Economists Conference (invited discussant), San Francisco, May 1998.
Tow Conference (invited paper), University of Iowa, May 1998.
"Unemployment Insurance," invited presentation, office of the President, Costa Rica, July 1998.
Conference on "Communication, Repetition and Issues in Game Theory," (invited paper), Valencia, July 1998.
NBER Summer Institute (invited papers), Cambridge, July 1998.
Canadian International Labor Network Conference (invited discussant), McMaster University, September 1998.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, (invited seminar), December 1998.
Econometric Society Winter Meetings (program committee, discussant), New York, January 1999.
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Research Meeting (invited participant), Palo Alto, February 1999.
CEPR/IMOP Workshop on "New Approaches to the Study of Economic Fluctuations," (invited discussant), Hydra, Greece, May 1999.
Institute for Research on Poverty Summer Research Workshop (invited paper), Madison, June 1999.
Econometric Society Summer Meetings (program committee, invited paper), Madison, June 1999.
NBER Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth, small group research meeting (invited discussant), Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, September 1999.

Other Professional Activities:

Referee for: Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, Economic Journal, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Economic Inquiry, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Research, National Science Foundation, Resources For The Future, Journal of Economic Literature, European Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics.

External Assessment Board (Monnet Chair), University College, Dublin 1993.

Program Committee, Econometric Society Summer Meetings, Iowa City, June 1996.
Program Committee, Econometric Society Winter Meetings, New Orleans, January 1997.
Program Committee, Econometric Society Winter Meetings, New York, January 1999.
Program Committee, Econometric Society Summer Meetings, Madison, June 1999.

Member: Econometric Society, American Economic Association, Irish Economic Association, European Economic Association.
 

University Service

University of Wisconsin

Placement Director, 1993-99
Graduate Committee, 1993-97, 1998-99
Assistant Professor Review Committee (chair), 1998-99
Review Committee for the Department of Statistics, College of Letters and Sciences, 1998-99
Faculty Recruitment Committee, 1992-93, 1995-98.
University Faculty Compensation Commission, 1994-97
Workload and Governance Committee, 1995-96.
Faculty Prizes and Awards Committee, 1994-95
Shoemaker Chair Search Committee, 1992-1994

University of Iowa

College Research Committee, 1990-91, 1991-92.
Departmental Graduate Committee, 1990-91, 1991-92.
Departmental Self-Study Committee, 1990-91.
Departmental Faculty Recruitment Committee, 1980-81, 1981-82 (chair), 1982-83, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90 (chair).
Departmental Seminar Committee, 1980-85.
Computational Services Committee, College of Business, 1982-85, 1986-87.
Review Committee for the Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts, 1984-85.