Niko Matouschek
Niko Matouschek

Alvin J. Huss Professor of Management and Strategy
Professor of Strategy
Chair of Strategy Department

Print Overview

Professor Matouschek is the Alvin J. Huss Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Professor of Strategy and Department Chair of Strategy. 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
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

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

Editorial Positions
Associate Editor, RAND Journal of Economics, 2008-Present

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

Matouschek, Niko, Wouter Dessein and Ricardo Alonso. 2015. 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.
Matouschek, Niko and Steven Callander. Forthcoming. The Risk of Failure: Learning by Trial and Error and Long Term Performance. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
Powell, MichaelNiko Matouschek and Jin Li. 2017. Power Dynamics in Organizations. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
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
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Research in Economics (MECS-560-3)
This course introduces first-year PhD students to the economics research environment. With an emphasis on breadth, and minimal prerequisite knowledge at the graduate level, students are exposed to the process of forming and answering research questions. To implement this goal, the course typically involves a handful of instructors each giving their own perspective on successful approaches to research by highlighting significant recent works in their respective fields of interest.

Strategy and Organization (STRT-452-0)
This course was formerly known as MGMT 452
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.

Executive MBA
Incentives, Strategy and Organization (STRTX-456-0)