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Lars J. Lefgren

Department Chair, Professor

2143 WVB
Winter Office Hours:
Mon. 2pm-2:30pm; Tues. & Thurs. 9:30am-10:30am


PhD, University of Chicago, 2001
BA, Brigham Young University, 1996

Research and Professional Experience

Professor Lefgren specializes in applied microeconomics with a number of papers in the economics of education. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Brigham Young University and earned a PhD in business economics from the University of Chicago. He is married with four children.

Selected Publications

​Brigham Frandsen, Lars J. Lefgren. Testing Rank Similarity. Forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Olga Bogach, Lars J. Lefgren, David Sims (2016). 143: 89-97. Effort, luck, and voting for redistribution. Journal of Public Economics.

Lars J. Lefgren, Brennan Platt, Joseph Price (2015), 61(5): 1121-1136. Sticking with What (Barely) Worked. Management Science.

Lars J. Lefgren, Matthew Lindquist, David Sims(2012). 102 (2): 268-303. Rich Dad, Smart Dad: Decomposing the Intergenerational Transmission of Income. Journal of Political Economy.