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February 15, 2013

Curriculum Vitae - Yan Chen


Address: School of Information Phone: (734)764-9488

University of Michigan Fax: (734)764-1555

105 S. State St. Email: yanchen at umich dot edu

Ann Arbor, MI 48109 URL: http://yanchen.people.si.umich.edu/


Ph.D. Social Science 1995 California Institute of Technology

B.A. English 1988 Tsinghua University


A Theoretical Study of Political Institutions and Economic Policies.

Thesis Committee: Kim Border, John Ledyard (Chair), Peter Ordeshook, Thomas Palfrey


Experimental Economics, Mechanism Design, Information Economics


2008 - present Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan 2008 - present Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan 2005 - present Associate Director, Smith Experimental Economics Research Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University


2002 - 2007 Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan Winter/Spring 2005 Visiting Scholar, Haas School, University of California at Berkeley 2004 - 2008 Associate Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan 2001 - 2002 Fellow, Society of Scholars, University of Michigan Business School 1999 - 2004 Faculty Associate, Group Dynamics, ISR, University of Michigan Spring 1997 Guest Professor of Economics, Universit¨t Bonn a Spring/Summer 1996 Guest Professor of Economics, Universit¨t Bonn a 1994 - 2001 Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Michigan 1989 - 1990 Translator, Chinese Aviation Museum


Advisory Editor, Games and Economic Behavior, 2013 - present.

Associate Editor, Management Science, 2009 - present.

Co-Editor, Economic Inquiry, 2008- 2011.

Associate Editor, Experimental Economics, 2004 - present.

GRANTS, HONORS and AWARDS National Science Foundation Grant, BCS-1111019, “Social Identity in Online Microfinance

and Public Goods Provision.” PI: Yan Chen, co-PI: Qiaozhu Mei, 2011–2014. Budget:


National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0962492, “School Choice and College Admissions:

Theory and Experiments.” UM PI: Yan Chen, CMU PI: Onur Kesten, 2010 - 2013. UM budget: $233,468. Total budget: $443,550.

National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0755147, “REU Site: Incentive-Centered Design For

Cyberinfrastructure.” PI: Yan Chen, co-PI: Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, 2008 - 2011. Budget:


National Science Foundation Grant, DGE-0654014, “IGERT: Incentive-Centered Design For

Information And Communication Systems.” PI: Yan Chen (since July 1, 2008), co-PIs:

Tilman Borgers, Daniel Grosu, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, and Michael Wellman, 2007-2012.

Budget: $3,000,000.

National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0720943, “Collaborative Research: Social Identity, Mechanism Design and Equilibrium Selection.” PI: Yan Chen, co-PI: Margaret Shih, 2007UM budget: $232,363. Total budget: $360,000.

National Science Foundation Grant, SBE-0524919, “DHB: Games Theory, Culture and Institutional Path Dependence.” PI: Jenna Bednar, co-PI: Yan Chen and Scott Page, 2006-2007.

Budget: $125,000.

National Science Foundation Grant, IIS-0456022, “Incentives for Data Producers to Create ‘Archive-ready’ Data.” PI: Margaret Hedstrom, co-PIs: Yan Chen and Myron Gutmann, 2005-2008. Budget: $449,386.

National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0339587, “EITM: Matching: An Experimental Study,” PI, 2004-2007. Budget: $227,800.

National Science Foundation Grant, IIS-0325837, “ITR: Collaborative Research: Designing OnLine Communities to Enhance Participation - Bridging Theory and Practice,” PI: Paul Resnick, co-PI: Yan Chen, 2003-2008. UM budget: $510,232.

National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0079001, “An Experimental Study of Strategic Complementarity, Asynchronicity and Mechanism Design,” PI, 2000 - 2003. Budget: $200,730.

National Science Foundation Grant, SBR-9805586, “POWRE: Supermodularity of Nash-Efficient Public Goods Mechanisms: Theory and Experiments,” PI, 1998 - 1999. Budget: $50,000.

Chang Jiang Scholar, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chinese Ministry of Education Career Development Award, University of Michigan, 1999 Elsie G. Marshall Junior Faculty Development Award, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, 1999 Joseph A. Livingston Junior Faculty Award, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Rackham Grant and Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1996 - 1997 John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Dissertation Fellowship, Caltech, 1993 - 1994 Anna and James McDonnell Memorial Scholarship, Caltech, 1992 - 1993


1. Chen, Yan, Peter Katuˇˇ´k and Emre Ozdenoren. “Why Can’t a Woman Bid More Like sca a Man?” Games and Economic Behavior 77 (1): 181–213. January 2013.

2. Avi Goldfarb, Teck-Hua Ho, Wilfred Amaldoss, Alexander L. Brown, Yan Chen, Tony Haitao Cui, Alberto Galasso, Tanjim Hossain, Ming Hsu, Noah Lim, Mo Xiao and Botao Yang. “Behavioral models of managerial decision-making.” Marketing Letters 23(2): 405June 2012.

3. Bednar, Jenna, Yan Chen, Tracy Xiao Liu and Scott Page. “Behavioral Spillovers and Cognitive Load in Multiple Games: An Experimental Study.” Games and Economic Behavior 74(1): 12–31. January 2012.

4. Chen, Roy and Yan Chen. “The Potential of Social Identity for Equilibrium Selection.” American Economic Review 101 (6): 2562–2589. October 2011.

5. Takeuchi, Kan, John C. Lin, Yan Chen and Thomas A. Finholt. “Scheduling with package auctions.” Experimental Economics 13: 476 – 499. December 2010.

6. Chen, Yan, Maxwell Harper, Joseph Konstan and Sherry Xin Li. “Social Comparisons and Contributions to Online Communities: A Field Experiment at MovieLens.” American Economic Review 100(4): 1358-98. September 2010.

7. Chen, Yan, Teck-Hua Ho and Yong-Mi Kim. “Knowledge Market Design: A Field Experiment at Google Answers.” Journal of Public Economic Theory 12 (4): 641–664, August 2010.

8. Chen, Yan and Kan Takeuchi.“Multi-Object Auctions with Package Bidding: An Experimental Comparison of Vickrey and iBEA,” Games and Economic Behavior 68 (2): 557 March 2010.

9. Chen, Yan and Sherry Xin Li. “Group Identity and Social Preference.” American Economic Review 99 (1): 431-457. March 2009.

Reprinted in Recent Developments in Public Finance, edited by Vito Tanzi and Howell H.

Zee. Part of The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, series editor:

Mark Blaug.

10. Chen, Yan, Peter Katuˇˇ´k and Emre Ozdenoren. “Sealed Bid Auctions with Ambiguity:

sca Theory and Experiments.” Journal of Economic Theory 136 (2007): 513-535.

11. Chen, Yan, Laura Razzolini and Theodore Turocy. “Congestion and Cost Allocation in Distributed Networks: An Experimental Study.” Economic Theory 33 (2007): 121-143.

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13. Chen, Yan, Xin Li and Jeffrey MacKie-Mason. “Online Fund-raising Mechanisms: A Field Experiment.” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy vol. 5, Iss. 2 (Contributions), Article 4 (March 2006).

14. Chen, Yan and Robert Gazzale. “When Does Learning in Games Generates Convergence to Nash Equilibrium? The Role of Supermodularity in an Experimental Setting.” American Economic Review vol. 94, No. 5 (December 2004): 1505-1535.

15. Chen, Yan and Tayfun S¨nmez. “An Experimental Study of House Allocation Mechao nisms.” Economics Letters vol. 83, Issue 1 (April 2004): 137-140.

16. Chen, Yan. “An Experimental Study of the Serial and Average Cost Pricing Mechanisms.” Journal of Public Economics vol. 87, Issues 9-10 (September 2003): 2305-2335.

17. Chen, Yan and Yuri Khoroshilov. “Learning under Limited Information.” Games and Economic Behavior vol. 44 (July 2003): 1-25.

18. Chen, Yan and Tayfun S¨nmez. “Improving Efficiency of On-Campus Housing: An Expero imental Study.” American Economic Review vol. 92, no. 5 (December, 2002): 1669-1686.

19. Chen, Yan. “A Family of Supermodular Nash Mechanisms Implementing Lindahl Allocations.” Economic Theory vol. 19, no. 4 (June 2002): 773-790.

20. Chen, Yan. “Electoral Systems, Legislative Process and Income Taxation.” Journal of Public Economic Theory vol. 2, no. 1 (2000): 71-100.

21. Chen, Yan and Peter C. Ordeshook. “Veto Games: Spatial Committees Under Unanimity Rule.” Public Choice vol. 97, no. 4 (1998): 617-643.

22. Chen, Yan and Fang-Fang Tang. “Learning and Incentive-Compatible Mechanisms for Public Goods Provision: An Experimental Study.” Journal of Political Economy vol. 106, no. 3 (June 1998): 633-662.

23. Chen, Yan and Charles R. Plott. “The Groves-Ledyard Mechanism: An Experimental Study of Institutional Design.” Journal of Public Economics vol. 59, Issue 3 (March 1996): 335-364.

Reprinted in Experiments in Environmental Economics vol. I and II, edited by Jason F. Shogren. Part of The International Library of Environmental Economics and Policy, overall general editors of the series, Tom Tietenberg and Kathy Segerson.

24. Chen, Yan. “The Optimal Choice of Privatizing State-Owned Enterprises: A Political Economic Model,” Public Choice vol. 86, no. 3-4 (1996): 223-245.

25. Chen, Yan and Peter C. Ordeshook. “Constitutional Secession Clauses.” Constitutional Political Economy vol. 5, no. 1 (1994): 45-60.


26. Liu, Yang, Roy Chen, Yan Chen, Qiaozhu Mei and Suzy Salib. “I Loan Because...: Understanding Motivations for Pro-Social Lending.” Proceedings of the fifth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2012 ), Seattle, Washington, USA.

February 8-12, 2012. Pages: 503–512. (Acceptance rate 21%)

27. Jeon, Grace YoungJoo, Yong-Mi Kim and Yan Chen. “Re-examining Price as a Predictor of Answer Quality in an Online Q&A Site.” Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010 (CHI 2010 ), Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

April 10 - 15, 2010. Pages: 325-328. (Acceptance rate 22%)

28. Harper, Maxwell, Xin Li, Yan Chen and Joseph Konstan. “Social Comparisons to Motivate Contributions to an Online Community.” Persuasive 2007: 2nd International Conference on Persuasive Technology, April 26-27, 2007. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

(Acceptance rate 40%)

29. Harper, Maxwell, Xin Li, Yan Chen and Joseph Konstan. “An Economic Model of User Rating in an Online Recommender System.” User Modeling 2005: 10th International Conference, UM 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 24-29, 2005. (Acceptance rate 21%) Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 3538. Publisher: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg ISSN: 0302-9743. Proceedings Editors: Liliana Ardissono, Paul Brna, Antonija Mitrovic.

Chapter: p. 307.


30. Resnick, Paul, Joseph Konstan, Yan Chen and Robert Kraut. “Starting New Online Communities.” In Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-Based Social Design, edited by Robert E. Kraut and Paul Resnick. Pages 231–281. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2011.

31. Chen, Yan and John O. Ledyard. “Mechanism Design Experiments.” In The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008, edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. London: Macmillan.

32. Chen, Yan. “Incentive-compatible Mechanisms for Pure Public Goods: A Survey of Experimental Research.” In: C.R. Plott and V.L. Smith, editors, Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, Volume 1. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2008, p. 625 – 643.

33. Chen, Yan. “Dynamic Stability of Nash-Efficient Public Goods Mechanisms: Reconciling Theory with Experiments.” Experimental Business Research, VOL II., Zwick, Rami and Amnon Rapoport (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers: Norwell, MA and Dordrecht, The Netherlands: 2005.


1. Chen, Yan, Ernst Fehr, Urs Fischbacher and Peter Morgan. “Matching and Segregation: An Experimental Study.” Under revision for resubmission to Games and Economic Behavior.

2. Chen, Yan, Sherry Xin Li, Tracy Xiao Liu and Margaret Shih. “Which Hat to Wear?

Impact of Natural Identities on Coordination and Cooperation.” Under revision for resubmission to Games and Economic Behavior.

3. Chen, Yan, Grace YoungJoo Jeon and Yong-Mi Kim. “A Day without a Search Engine:

An Experimental Study of Online and Offline Search.” Under revision for resubmission to Experimental Economics.

4. Liu, Tracy Xiao, Jiang Yang, Lada Adamic and Yan Chen. “Crowdsourcing with All-Pay Contests: A Field Experiment on Taskcn.” Under revision for resubmission to Management Science.

5. Chen, Yan and Onur Kesten. “From Boston to Chinese Parallel to Deferred Acceptance:

Theory and Experiments on a Family of School Choice Mechanisms.” Under review, 2013.

6. Chen, Roy, Yan Chen, Yang Liu and Qiaozhu Mei. “Social Identity in Online Microfinance.” Manuscript, 2012.

7. Chen, Yan and Sherry Xin Li. “Gender, Group Identity and Social Preferences.” Manuscript, 2009.

8. Chen, Yan and Joseph Konstan. “The Anatomy of an Online Field Experiment.” Manuscript,

2008. Accepted for presentation at the Third International Conference on e-Social Science, October 7-9, 2007, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

9. Chen, Yan, Suzhou Huang and Xia Zhang. “Optimal Pricing Strategies for On-line vs.

Off-line Car Sales.” Manuscript, 2006.


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