Michael Gibbs studies the economics of human resources and organizational design. He recently coauthored the second edition of Personnel Economics in Practice. Gibbs's research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Accounting Review, and other journals. Professor Gibbs is a research fellow of the Center for the Study of Labor in Bonn, and on the boards of Cummins Western Canada and Huy Vietnam.
In 2007 Gibbs received the Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature from the American Accounting Association. He has received two Hillel Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Awards from Chicago Booth.
Gibbs earned an AB, AM and PhD in economics all from the University of Chicago.
2013 - 2014 Course Schedule
||Organizations and Incentives
Food, travel, computers.
With A. Levenson & C. Zoghi, “Why are Jobs Designed the Way They Are?,” Research in Labor Economics (2010).
With W. Van der Stede, K. Merchant & M. Vargus, “Performance Measure Properties & Incentive System Design,” Industrial Relations (2009).
With W. Van der Stede, K. Merchant & M. Vargus, "Determinants & Effects of Subjectivity in Incentives," Accounting Review (2004).
With W. Hendricks, “Do Formal Salary Systems Really Matter?,” Industrial & Labor Relations Review (2004).
With G. Baker & B. Holmstrom, "The Internal Economics of the Firm," Quarterly Journal of Economics (1994).
For a listing of research publications please visit
’s university library listing