John Beshears is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, teaching the Negotiation course to second-year MBA students. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining HBS, he was an assistant professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Professor Beshears’s primary research area is behavioral economics, the field that combines insights from psychology and economics to explore individual decision making and market outcomes. He focuses on understanding how the financial decisions of households and firms are influenced by the institutional environment in which choices are made. In recent work, he has studied enrollment and portfolio decisions in retirement savings plans, health-care choices, and the performance of corporate alliances among oil and gas firms.