John Beshears

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John Beshears

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Harvard University

John Beshears is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit of Harvard Business School. He teaches the second-year MBA course "Managing, Organizing & Motivating for Value." Before joining HBS, he was an assistant professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Beshears’s research concentrates on behavioral economics, a field that combines insights from psychology and economics to explore individual decision making and market outcomes. He focuses on understanding how financial decisions of households and firms are influenced by the institutional environment in which choices are made. He earned his A.B in economics and Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University.

Professional Achievements

  • Faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Scholar at Stanford University.
  • Had his research featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, BusinessWeek, and Time.


November 2015
Delaying increased contributions to a retirement plan can actually boost retirement savings, but it all depends on how the delay is positioned.
January 2013
Annuities are not popular despite providing valuable insurance against outliving one’s savings.
September 2013
We conduct and analyze two large surveys of hypothetical annuitization choices. We find that allowing individuals to annuitize a fraction of their wealth increases annuitization relative to a situation where annuitization is an “all or nothing” decision.