Time of Event

9:00am-10:30am Tokyo time


This cohosted ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar spotlighted University of Chicago economist John List, who discussed his forthcoming book, The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale. Drawing on his original research and examples from business, policymaking, education, and public health, he identified five measurable vital signs that a scalable idea must possess and described strategies for avoiding voltage drops and engineering voltage gains. He also explained how understanding the science of scaling can drive positive change in schools, workplaces, communities, and society at large. 

About the Speaker

John A. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. His research has focused on the inner workings of markets, the effects of incentives schemes on market equilibria and allocations, how behavioral economics can augment the standard economic model, early childhood education and interventions, and, most recently, the gender earnings gap in the gig economy. 

He is the coauthor of the international best-selling book, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life. He received his BS in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and PhD in economics at the University of Wyoming.

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Department of International Studies, University of Tokyo
  • Japanese Association for Development Economics
  • Tokyo Workshop on International and Development Economics, Center for International Research on the Japanese Economy, University of Tokyo
  • Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale

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