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Elizabeth Lyons

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Lyons is an expert on the intersection between technology and innovation strategy, international management, and organizational economics. She looks at how innovation, technology and globalization are changing how firms manage. Her work on the organization of online work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets.

An associate professor of management at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Lyons teaches courses including Start-Ups: From Founding to Launch, Innovation and Industry Dynamics, Organizational Economics and International Business.  

Her current projects include using field experiments to study what motivates people to innovate, and the complementarities between business training and technology. Her past projects include using field experimental management and organization in international labor markets and remote employment, using experimental lab evidence to analyze the relationship between organizational authority and production decisions, and using data collected over four years to study the effects of entrepreneurship training on career decisions.

During her graduate studies, Lyons was the inaugural associate director of the Creative Destruction Lab, a venture lab at the University of Toronto.

For more information, please visit Elizabeth Lyon’s personal website.

Education and CV

Ph.D., Strategic Management, University of Toronto, 2014
A.B., Economics, University of Toronto, 2009

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Research Interests


Journal Articles

"Team Production in International Labor Markets: Experimental Evidence from the Field.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming.

“Does Standardized Information in Online Markets Disproportionately Benefit Job Applicants from Less Developed Countries?" Journal of International Economics, forthcoming.

“The Impact of Entrepreneurship Programs on Minorities” with Laurina Zhang. American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, forthcoming.

Working Papers

“Do Higher Salaries Lead to Higher Performance? Evidence from State Legislators and Governors.” with Mitchell Hoffman (Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization).

“Do Entrepreneurship Programs Create Entrepreneurs?” with Laurina Zhang.

Book Chapters

“Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda” with Ajay Agrawal, John Horton and Nicola Lacetera. Forthcoming in Goldfarb, A., Greenstein, S. & Tucker, C (Eds) Economics of Digitization: An Agenda. National Bureau of Economic Research.

Work in Progress

“Does Entrepreneurship Training Lead to Entrepreneurship?” with Laurina Zhang. 

“Organizational Coordination and Market Conditions: Evidence from the Lab” with Tanjim Hossain and Aloysius Siow.

“Start-Up Team Composition: Evidence from a Natural Experiment” with Pai-Ling Yin.