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John Levendis

Professor of Economics and holder of the William Barnett Professorship in Free Enterprise Studies


Ph.D., University of Iowa

M.S., University of Iowa

M.A., University of Iowa

B.S., Loyola University New Orleans


  • College of Business
  • Decision Science
  • Economics
  • Master of Business Administration


  • Business
  • Economics
  • Real Estate


John Levendis is a professor of economics. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, where he was recognized as the outstanding graduating business student, and outstanding economics graduate. From there, he went to the University of Iowa where he received Master’s degrees in Economics and Mathematics in 2000 and 2003, and a Ph.D. in economics in 2004. Dr. Levendis has taught at the University of Iowa, Cornell College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and has now returned home to teach at Loyola.

John Levendis’ research has been discussed in national newspapers such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, as well as the Jerusalem Post, the Baton Rouge Advocate, and of course, New Orleans' own Times-Picayune.

Dr. Levendis’ current research interests are wide ranging, but can best be summarized as applied econometrics. He has published research on sexual harassment, slavery, economic history, the history of economic thought, industrial organization and regulation, and economic development. His most recent research has been focused on housing markets, especially those in the New Orleans area pre- and post-Katrina.

John Levendis won the College's awards for Outstanding MBA professor in 2016, Outstanding Service in 2016, and the Outstanding Researcher in 2007, 2009, and 2012.