Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Wayne State University, USA
Xu Lin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wayne State University. Her research areas are Econometrics, Labor Economics and Health Economics. In particular, she has been focusing on the estimation and identification of social interaction effects by using Spatial Autoregressive Models. She has published papers in Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Econometrics and Econometrics Journal. She has received research grants from the World Bank and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Previously she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University in 2006.
My research spans the areas of Econometrics, Labor Economics and Health Economics. In particular, I have been focusing on the estimation and identification of social interaction effects by using Spatial Autoregressive Models. The collective behaviors among individuals could be due to social interaction effects, or non social interaction effects (i.e. correlated effects). And within the category of social interaction effects, there are two types of effects to be distinguished from each other: endogenous effects versus contextual effects. I’m interested in analyze these identification problems not only for continuous variables, but also for discrete choice variables. For empirical studies, I’m interested in apply the Spatial Autoregressive Models to study peers effects in adolescents’ academic achievement, health related behaviors, as well as spillover effects among firms’ productivities.