Niko Matouschek
Niko Matouschek

STRATEGY
Professor of Strategy

Print Overview

Professor Matouschek is the Alvin J. Huss Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management. He co-chairs Kellogg's doctoral program in Managerial Economics and Strategy and is an Associate Editor at the RAND Journal of Economics.

Professor Matouschek works on the economics of organizations with a particular focus on the optimal design of decision rules and the effect of competition on the organization and performance of firms. His papers have been published in a variety of economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies and the RAND Journal of Economics.

Professor Matouschek teaches in Kellogg's MBA, EMBA, and PhD programs and has received numerous teaching awards. In 2012 Kellogg's MBA students voted him the L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Before joining Kellogg in 2001, Professor Matouschek received his BSc, MSc, and PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.



Areas of Expertise
Contract Theory
Economics of Organizations
Information Economics

Print Vita
Education
PhD, 2000, Economics, London School of Economics
MS, 1996, Economics, London School of Economics
BS, 1995, Economics, London School of Economics

Academic Positions
Professor, Department of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-2013
Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, 2007-2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001-2008

Grants and Awards
Faculty Impact Award, KSA and Kellogg Dean
Faculty Impact Award, KSA and Kellogg Dean
Faculty Impact Award, KSA and Kellogg Dean
Excellence in Refereeing Award for the American Economic Review, American Economic Review
Excellence in Refereeing Award for the American Economic Review, American Economic Review
L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, 2012
Excellence in Refereeing Award for the American Economic Review, American Economic Review
Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award, Kellogg School of Management, 2004-2005
Ely Devons Prize, London School of Economics, 1996

Editorial Positions
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Review of Economic Studies
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Econometrica
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Economic Theory
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Mathematical Economics
Associate Editor, RAND Journal of Economics, 2008-Present
Ad-hoc Reviewer, RAND Journal of Economics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Political Economy
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Economic Review
Ad-hoc Reviewer, International Economic Review
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, journal of law, economics, and organization
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Economic Review
Ad-hoc Reviewer, RAND Journal of Economics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Economic Review
Ad-hoc Reviewer, RAND Journal of Economics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Ad-hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Industrial Organization

Print Research
Research Interests
Economics of organization, contract economics, industrial organization

Articles
Matouschek, Niko, Wouter Dessein and Ricardo Alonso. Forthcoming. Organizing to Adapt and Compete. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
Matouschek, Niko and Jin Li. 2013. Managing Conflicts in Relational Contracts. American Economic Review. 103(6): 2328-51.
Matouschek, Niko, Ricardo Alonso and Dessein Wouter. 2010. Strategic Communication: Prices versus Quantities. Journal of European Economic Association. 2-3: 365-376.
Matouschek, Niko, Paolo Ramezzana and Frederic Robert-Nicoud. 2009. Labor Market Frictions, Job Instability, and the Flexibility of the Employment Relationship. European Economic Review. 53(1): 19-36.
Matouschek, Niko, Ricardo Alonso and Dessein Wouter. 2008. Centralization Versus Decentralization An Application to Pricing by a Multi-Market Firm. Journal of the European Economic Association, Papers and Proceedings. 6(2-3): 457-467.
Matouschek, Niko, Ricardo Alonso and Dessein Wouter. 2008. When Does Coordination Require Centralization?. American Economic Review. 98(1): 145-79.
Alonso, Ricardo and Niko Matouschek. 2008. Optimal Delegation. Review of Economic Studies. 75(1): 259-293.
Matouschek, Niko and Imran Rasul. 2008. The Economics of the Marriage Contract: Theories and Evidence. Journal of Law and Economics. 51: 59-110.
Alonso, Ricardo and Niko Matouschek. 2007. Relational Delegation. RAND Journal of Economics. 38(4): 1070-1089.
Matouschek, Niko and Paolo Ramezzana. 2007. The Role of Exclusive Contracts in Facilitating Market Transactions. Journal of Industrial Economics. 55(2): 197-222.
Matouschek, Niko and Frederic Robert-Nicoud. 2005. The Role of Human Capital Investments in the Location Decision of Firms. Regional Science and Urban Economics. 35(5): 570-583.
Matouschek, Niko and Tony Venables. 2005. Evaluating Investement Projects in the Presence of Sectoral Linkages. Economics of Transition. 13(4): 573-603.
Matouschek, Niko. 2004. Ex Post Inefficiencies in the Property Rights Theory of the Firm. Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. 20(1): 125-147.
Working Papers
Matouschek, Niko and Steven Callander. 2014. Managing on Rugged Landscapes.
Powell, MichaelNiko Matouschek and Jin Li. 2015. Power Dynamics in Organizations.
Book Chapters
Matouschek, Niko. 2012. "Decisions In Organizations." In Handbook of Organizational Economics, edited by R. Gibbons and John Roberts, 373-431. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

 
Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Strategy and organization; economics of organization
Doctoral
The Economics of Organizations (MECS-475-0)
The aim of the course is to prepare PhD students to contribute to the growing field of organizational economics. We will read a selection of classic and new papers in the field, and include a mixture of theory and empirical papers. Topics may include: the provision of incentives in firms, careers and career concerns, promotions and human capital acquisition, delegation and authority, effects of strategic transmission of information within firms, and causes and effects of hierarchy.

Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Strategy and Organization (STRT-452-0)
This course focuses on the link between organizational structure and strategy, making heavy use of the microeconomic tools taught in MECN-430. The core question students address is how firms should be organized to achieve their performance objectives. The first part of the course takes the firm's activities as given and studies the problem of organizational design; topics may include incentive pay, decentralization, transfer pricing, and complementarities. The second part examines the determinants of a firm's boundaries and may cover such topics as outsourcing, horizontal mergers, and strategic commitment.