John P. Conley

John P Conley Headshot 2016

I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and received my Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in economics in 1990. From 1989 until 2002 I taught in the Economics Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I moved to Vanderbilt University in 2002 as a Professor of Economics. I am currently on sabbatical visiting Microsoft Research. I am the co-founder and first president of the Association for Public Economic Theory (APET), the co-founder and editor of the Journal of Public Economic Theory (JPET) and the open-access letters journal, Economics Bulletin (EB). My earlier research was primarily in public economic theory, general equilibrium, and cooperative and non-cooperative game theory. More recently I have been working on innovation, scientific communication, the science of science, and the economics of information and communications technology


OnĀ  a completely different topic, My daughter, Sara, and I drove this 1960 Cadillac Sedan Deville from Nashville to Seattle Last Summer. It is in the last stages of being restored there, and we need to pick a color.

Yes, I know, what was I thinking. The trip was epic, or better, a saga. Overheated, stalled, lost a transmission and all the hubcaps, fuel leak, cut brake line . . . it all builds character. Trapped in Death Valley in 113 degree heat, stalled in traffic on the Las Vegas strip, eaten by mosquitoes the size of small dogs trying to get it started at Crater Lake (we made it to the top on our second attempt) all part of Sara’s liberal education.

Fixing it before we drove it back seemed prudent, at least Sara’s mother thought so. It started life white, but now it can be anything it wants. What do you think?

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Vote on what color this car should be here



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