Jaimie Lien graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Ph.D. in Economics in June 2010. She earned an M.A. in Economics from UCSD in 2005, and a B.A. in Economics and in Mathematics from Wellesley College in 2001. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University.
Her research areas are Microeconomics and Behavioral Economics, with a focus on Consumer Behavior. At Tsinghua, Jaimie teaches Behavioral Economics for undergraduates, and Advanced Microeconomics II for graduate students.
Jaimie previously worked as an Associate Economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 2001 to 2003. She has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as an intern in 2004 and 2005, and as an intern in the US Department of Commerce.
Jaimie W. Lien is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.
She received her Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2010. She also received an M.A. in Economics from UCSD (2005), and a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College (2001).
Prof. Lien was Visiting Experimental Research Scholar at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in February 2015, and Honorary Visiting Scholar in the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from March to July 2015. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as Associate Economist (2001 to 2003) in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Her main research areas are Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, and Microeconomics. Her current research areas of interest include individual risk-attitudes, reference-dependence, self-control, strategic thinking, coordination and trust. She has presented her research at academic conferences such as the Econometric Society World Congress (Montreal, 2015), American Economic Association Annual Meeting (Boston, 2015), Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, Psychology and Economics Workshop (Palo Alto, 2015 and 2011), Louis-Andre Gerard-Varet Conference in Public Economics (Aix-en-Provence, 2015), Fudan University Economic Dynamics Conference (Shanghai, 2014), Chinese Economists Society China Conference (Guangzhou, 2014; Chengdu, 2013), Asia Meeting of the Econometric Society (Singapore, 2013; Seoul, 2011), Economic Science Association World Meetings (Zurich, 2013), and China Meeting of the Econometric Society (Beijing, 2013). Her research has been published in Nature Communications, American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Inquiry and The Chinese Economy. She has presented her work in many academic departments around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
Prof. Lien has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research grants, including Tsinghua University Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (2012 – 2013), Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Grant (2012 – 2015), National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Faculty Grant (2014 – 2016), Ministry of Education Grant for Ph.D. Researchers (2014 – 2015), and Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Grant (2016 – 2018). She serves as co-Investigator with Prof. Mingzhi Li (P.I.) and Prof. Jie Zheng (co-P.I.) on the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Joint China-Russia Research Project Grant on Transportation Systems (joint project with the Russian Academy of Sciences).
At Tsinghua SEM, Prof. Lien has been playing an active role in many service activities, including serving as Seminar Coordinator for the Economics Department in Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015, serving as co-organizer of the Tsinghua Conference on Theoretical and Behavioral Economics (2013, 2014, 2015), on the Economics Department Faculty Recruiting Committee (2011 to 2015), and the Microeconomics Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee (2011 to 2014). She served as Academic Advisor for SEM's undergraduate Class 15 (2011) (recipient of Excellent Class Advisor Award of Tsinghua SEM, 2012). In 2011, she established the Tsinghua SEM Economic Science and Policy Experimental Laboratory (ESPEL), together with Professor Xiaohan Zhong and Professor Jie Zheng.
At Tsinghua, she has taught Behavioral Economics (undergraduate elective), Behavioral Economics (Ph.D. elective), and Advanced Microeconomics II (Ph.D. core).
Prof. Lien has served as referee for American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, European Economic Review, Judgement and Decision Making, Journal of Economic Psychology, Frontiers of Economics in China, and Sage Open. She is a member of the Econometric Society, American Economic Association, Chinese Economists Society, and Economic Science Association. She was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in San Francisco, California, USA.
Further information about Prof. Jaimie Lien and her academic work can be found at http://jaimielien.weebly.com/ .
 “Ex-Ante Fairness in the Boston and Serial Dictatorship Mechanisms under Pre-exam and Post-exam Preference Submission” – with Jie Zheng and Xiaohan Zhong, conditionally accepted, Games and Economic Behavior
 "Extortion Can Outperform Generosity in the Iterated Prisoners' Dilemma" - with Zhijian Wang, Yanran Zhou, Jie Zheng and Bin Xu, Nature Communications, Vol. 7, No. 11125 (April 2016).
 “Preference Submission Timing in School Choice Matching: Testing Fairness and Efficiency in the Laboratory”, with Jie Zheng and Xiaohan Zhong – Experimental Economics, Vol. 19 (March 2016), p. 116 - 150.
 “Selling to Biased Believers: Strategies of Online Lottery Ticket Vendors”, with Jia Yuan – Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53 (July 2015), p. 1506 - 1521.
 “Deciding When to Quit: Reference-Dependence over Slot Machine Outcomes”, with Jie Zheng – American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 105 (May 2015), p. 366 - 370.
 “A Model of Capital Allocation, Education and Job Choice in China”, with Wei Wang and Jie Zheng – forthcoming, The Chinese Economy, Special Issue
 “The Cross-sectional ‘Gambler’s Fallacy’: Set Representativeness in Lottery Number Choices”, with Jia Yuan – Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 109 (January 2015), p. 163 - 172.
 “Staying Ahead and Getting Even: Risk Attitudes of Experienced Poker Players”, with David Eil – Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 87 (September 2014), p. 50 – 69.
 “Limited Self-Control and Food Choices under Varying Workloads”, with Jie Zheng
 “Where You Stand Affects the Risks You Take: Socially Reference-Dependent Risk Attitudes”, with Jie Zheng
 “Representativeness Biases and Lucky Store Effects”, with Jia Yuan and Jie Zheng
 “Limited Attention and the Deadline Effect: Simple Spending Rules in the Field”
 "What Brings Consumers Back for More? Evidence from Quantifiable Gain and Loss Experiences in Penny Auctions", with Minbo Xu and Jie Zheng
 "Managing Competitions Using Information: Information Disclosure Policy in Contests with Heterogeneous Players", with Qian Jiao and Jie Zheng
 “Returning a Treasure: Revisiting the Asymmetric Matching Pennies Contradiction”, with Lin Zhang and Jie Zheng
 “Bad Bonuses: Incentive Incompatibility in China's Income Tax Code”, with Jie Zheng and Xiaohan Zhong
 "Discouraged or Motivated at University? Goals and Reference Points in Academic Performance", with Jie Zheng
 “Status-quo and Expectations-based Reference Dependence: Evidence from Slot Machines” – with Jie Zheng
 "Major Earthquakes and Time Preference Indicators" - with Qingqing Peng and Jie Zheng
 “Street–Smart or Sheltered? Trust Types, Behavior, and Choices of China's Youth”, with Hongbin Li and Qingqing Peng
 “Trust by Region: Attitudes of China’s Millennial Generation”, with Hongbin Li and Qingqing Peng