5th eeecon lecture with Yan Chen

This year's eeecon lecture was given by Professor Yan Chen, PhD from the University of Michigan. The title of her lecture was "Group Identity and Public Goods Provision in the Field". Click this article for more infos.
Group Identity and Public Goods Provision in the Field

The 5th eeecon lecture took place on Nov 9th, 2017 at 6 pm in the Kaiser-Leopold-Saal and was given by Professor Yan Chen, PhD. It was titled Group Identity and Public Goods Provision in the Field.

Professor Yan Chen is a behavioral and experimental economist. She obtained her PhD in Social Science (specialized in Economics) at the California Institute of Technology and is since 2015 the Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor of Information at School of Information at the University of Michigan. Also, she holds an appointment as research professor with the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research since 2008.

Yan Chen’s research focuses on market and mechanism design as well as behavioral and experimental economics. The fundamental challenge she addresses in her research is the design of robust mechanisms when the agents involved are not perfectly rational. In meeting this challenge, she applies experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to incorporate dynamic learning theories from economics and cognitive psychology into the static mechanism design framework.
In other work she synthesizes economic and social psychology theories to understand the effects of social identity in economic decision making, and to develop team-based approaches to increase and sustain member contributions in online communities and the sharing economy. She also investigates efficient and fair mechanisms for allocating indivisible resources.

Yan Chen has published in leading economic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, and Games and Economic Behavior. She has also published in refereed
conference proceedings in computer science, such as CHI and WSDM, and general interest journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is an Associate or Advisory Editor in outstanding journals like Games and Economic
Behavior, Management Science, Experimental Economics, and Journal of the Economic Science Association. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation. She served as the president of the Economic Science Association from 2015-2017.

Professor Yan Chen gave the 5th eeecon lecture ”Group Identity and Public Goods Provision in the Field.” In this talk, she  summarized a number of laboratory and field experiments she has conducted in online communities, applying social identity theory and team-based approaches to alleviate the free-rider problem in public goods provision in the field. Her recent work combines the causal inference from field experiments with the predictive accuracy of machine learning to promote pro-social activities.

Time and location

The lecture started at 6 pm in the Kaiser-Leopold-Saal, Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck.

Slides of the lecture

The slides from the 5th eeecon lecture can be found here.


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