John Pencavel

The Pauline K. Levin-Robert L. Levin and Pauline C. Levin-Abraham Levin Professor in the School of Humanities & Sciences
Landau Economics Building Room 262
579 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 723-3981
Fax: (650) 725-5702

Fields of Interest

Research: Labor economics, development economics
Current Research: Income inequality; worker-owned firms; labor unions
Teaching: Labor economics, development economics, microeconomics


John Pencavel is the Pauline K. Levin-Robert L. Levin and Pauline C. Levin-Abraham Levin Professor in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. He received his education at schools in London, at University College (University of London), and at Princeton University. He joined Stanford University in 1969. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics for five years. He has taught classes in economic theory and econometrics and he now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Labor Economics. His research has spanned issues concerning the operation of labor markets in the United States and in other countries. In 2008, he was awarded the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to Labor Economics. He served as editor of the Journal of Economic Literature from 1986 to 1998 and was President of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005-06. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and to various government bodies on labor market issues. He hikes, gardens, reads fiction and non-fiction, and enjoys his family.

Publications   View All Publications

The Productivity Of Working Hours
November 2013 -- Discussion Paper
Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Governance
October 2012 -- Discussion Paper


November 6, 2009 - Beijing Forum - Peking University