Michael Powell

Associate Professor (without tenure) of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Address: 2001 Sheridan Road, Ste. 607, Evanston, IL 60208-2001
Phone: (847) 491-8676

Research Interests: Organizational Economics, Personnel Economics, Relational Contracts, Theory of the Firm


Managing Careers in Organizations, with Rongzhu Ke and Jin Li, JOLE, Forthcoming, January 2018. Presentation Slides.

Power Dynamics in Organizations, with Jin Li and Niko Matouschek, AEJ: Micro, February 2017. Presentation Slides.

An Influence-Cost Model of Organizational Practices and Firm BoundariesJLEO, August 2015. Presentation Slides.

Organization and Information: Firms' Governance Choices in Rational-Expectations Equilibrium, with Robert Gibbons and Richard Holden, QJE, November 2012.

Unpublished Papers

Behavioral Constraints on the Design of Subgame-Perfect Implementation Mechanisms, with Ernst Fehr and Tom Wilkening, revised February 2017. R&R, AER.

Sticking Points: Common-Agency Problems and Contracting in the U.S. Healthcare System, with Brigham Frandsen and James B. Rebitzer, revised January 2017 Presentation Slides.

Multilateral Interactions Improve Cooperation Under Random Fluctuations, with Jin Li, revised January 2017. R&R, GEB.

Policies in Relational Contracts, with Dan Barron, revised December 2016. Presentation Slides.

Productivity and Credibility in Industry Equilibrium, revised June 2016. R&R, RAND.

Work in Progress

A Model of Rhetorical Ability, with Dan Barron.

Managing Firm Growth, with Rongzhu Ke and Jin Li.


Lecture notes for Organizational Economics PhD class, Spring 2016.