Iwan Barankay is a behavioral economist and Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he studies how to design monetary and non-monetary incentives to raise productivity and cooperation in the workplace or to incite people to be more adherent to a healthy lifestyle. All of his studies use evidence from the field by using experiments to test his ideas and theories inside firms and organizations rather than a lab. Building on insights in contract theory and behavioral economics his work has shown how simple changes to incentive schemes inside the workplace lead to improved profits.
Professor Barankay has won numerous prizes for his research including a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an award given annually to scientists and scholars who demonstrate outstanding promise and potential to contribute substantially to economics. His articles have appeared in all major economics journals including Econometrica, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Review of Economic Studies.