John G. Lynch, Jr. is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder, Ted Anderson Professor of Free Enterprise, and the Director of the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making.
Lynch received his BA in economics, his MA in psychology, and his Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a member of the faculty at University of Florida from 1979-1996, where he was Graduate Research Professor. From 1996-2009 he was the Roy J. Bostock Professor of Marketing at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Lynch is a Fellow of the American Marketing Association, the Association for Consumer Research, the American Psychological Association/Society for Consumer Psychology and one of two Fellows of all three organizations worldwide. In 2015 publications tracked by the Web of Science, Lynch was one of the 25 most cited marketing scholars in the world. He has been a recipient of the Paul D. Converse Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Marketing and the Society for Consumer Psychology's Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. Five of his papers have been honored as outstanding article of the year: he has been recognized once each by the Journal of Marketing Research and by the Journal of Marketing, and three times by the Journal of Consumer Research. Three of his papers this last decade are the most cited papers in any marketing journal in the year of their publication: his 2010 Journal of Consumer Research paper on mediation analysis, his 2013 Journal of Marketing Research paper on simple effects in moderated regression, and his 2014 Management Science paper about financial literacy and downstream financial behaviors. He has served as president of the Policy Board of the Journal of Consumer Research, president of the Association for Consumer Research, associate editor for the Journal of Consumer Research, and associate editor and co-editor for the Journal of Consumer Psychology. He co-chairs the Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making, and he is a member of the Academic Research Council of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Lynch studies the cognitive psychology of consumer decision-making, with a recent focus on consumer financial decision-making. In addition to studying consumer decision-making, about a quarter of Lynch's work concerns validity issues in research methodology.
Lynch and Srull (1982) introduced concepts of stimulus-based and memory based decision making and highlighted the role of information processing below the level of conscious awareness. Feldman and Lynch (1988) put forth the “accessibility-diagnosticity" model, the first general theory explaining the relative weights of different cues in decisions and an influential contribution to theory of “constructive preferences.”
Lynch’s 1997 paper with Alba and colleagues on Internet shopping and his 2000 paper with Ariely on price sensitivity on the Internet are both among the most cited academic papers about internet marketing.
His more recent research has focused on intertemporal choice and planning, including Zauberman and Lynch’s (2005 Journal of Experimental Psychology: General) resource slack theory of discounting, a general theory that explains why different resources are discounted at different rates; Lynch, Netemeyer, Spiller, and Zammit’s (2010 Journal of Consumer Research) generalizable scale of “propensity to plan”; Fernbach, Kan and Lynch’s (2015 Journal of Consumer Research) analysis of prioritization and planning for efficiency in the face of low resource slack: and Jhang and Lynch’s (2015 Journal of Consumer Research) analysis of why consumers feel more busy now than in the future when they are close to completing even inconsequential goals, and Berman, Tran, Lynch, and Zauberman’s (2016 Journal of Marketing Research) analysis of why consumers underweight changes in their expenses over time in projections of future spare money. Lynch's work in consumer financial decision making includes Fernandes, Lynch, and Netemeyer’s (2014) meta-analysis of the (very small) effects of financial education on downstream financial behavior.
Lynch teaches undergraduate Marketing Research and capstone Senior Seminar in Marketing for marketing majors, Principles of Marketing & Management for the undergraduates in the business minor program, an MBA elective on the use of market intelligence in business decision–making, and a Ph.D. course on designing experiments in the social sciences. He received the Leeds MBA (Elective) Teaching Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2013 and has received teaching awards at Duke and University of Florida. He has supervised or co-supervised 90+ PhD dissertations over his career and his former students are on the faculties of the world's leading business schools.