Professor Mitchell Hoffman specializes in labor economics, behavioral economics, organizational economics, productivity, and strategy. Recent projects have included (1) study of workers’ overoptimistic beliefs about their productivity, (2) an analysis of employee referral networks, and (3) an investigation of discretion in hiring.
Hoffman has worked on research with companies in a number of different industries including high-tech, trucking, consumer goods, call-centers, and grocery stores on projects using large firm datasets and/or randomized experiments. He actively seeks out new partnerships and collaborations with organizations.
Hoffman's research has been widely featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Marginal Revolution, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation.