John J. Horton


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John Horton is the Richard S. Leghorn (1939) Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Horton's research focuses on the intersection of labor economics, market design, and information systems. He is particularly interested in improving the efficiency and equity of matching markets.

After completing his PhD and prior to joining NYU Stern School of Business in 2013, he served for two years as the staff economist for oDesk, an online labor market.

Horton received a BS in mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.


Horton wins two honors


"​Algorithmic Wage Negotiations: Applications to Paid Crowdsourcing."

John Horton and Richard Zeckhauser. In Proceedings of CrowdConf 2010, San Francisco, CA: October 2010.

"Are Online Labor Markets Spot Markets for Tasks: A Field Experiment on the Behavioral Response to Wage Cuts."

Chen, Daniel L., and John J. Horton. Information Systems Research Vol. 27, No. 2 (2016): 403-423. Replication. Download Preprint.

"Buyer Uncertainty about Seller Capacity: Causes, Consequences, and a Partial Solution."

Horton, John J. Management Science Vol. 65, No. 8 (2019): 3518-3540. SSRN Paper.

"Chapter 3: Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows."

Horton, John J., William R. Kerr, Christopher Stanton. In High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences, 71-108. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018. NBER working paper version.

"Chapter 8: Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda."

Agrawal, Ajay, John J. Horton, Nicola Lacetera, and Elizabeth Lyons. In The Economic Analysis of the Digital Economy, 219-257. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

"COVID-19 and Remote Work: An Early Look at US."

Brynjolfsson, Erik, John Horton, Adam Ozimek, Daniel Rock, Garima Sharma, and Hong Yi Tu Ye, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6088-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, April 2020.

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