Liu, Xiao 

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Curriculum Vitae

Phone             (86) (10) 62793429
Website       http://tracyxliu.com/
Office             445 Weilun Building
Office Hours    By appointment


B.E. Renmin University, 2006; Ph.D University of Michigan, 2012.

Her research interests are experimental economics, behavioral economics, game theory and mechanism design.


  1. Chi, Wei, Tracy Xiao Liu, Xiaoye Qian and Qing Ye.  “An Experimental Study of Incentive Contracts for Short- and Long-term Employees.” Journal of Economic Behavior &Organization, 159, 366-383, 2019. 

  2. Cobo-Reyes, Ramon, Jose J. Dominguez, Fernando Garcia, Brit Grosskopf, Juan A. Lacomba, Francisco Lagos, Tracy Xiao Liu, and Graeme Pearce.“The Development of Social Preferences.” Forthcoming Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019. 

  3. Liu, Tracy Xiao, Jenna Bednar, Yan Chen, and Scott Page. “Directional Behavioral Spillover and Cognitive Load Effects in Multiple Repeated Games.” Forthcoming Experimental Economics, 2018.

  4. Liu, Tracy Xiao. “All-Pay Auctions with Endogenous Bid Timing: an Experimental Study.” International Journal of Game Theory 47(1), 247-271, 2018.

  5. Jian, Lian, Zheng Li and Tracy Xiao Liu. "Simultaneous Versus Sequential All-Pay Auctions under Incomplete Information: an Experimental Study." Experimental Economics, Forthcoming 2016.

  6. Liu, Tracy Xiao, Jiang Yang, Lada A. Adamic and Yan Chen. "Crowdsourcing with All-Pay Auctions: A Field Experiment on Taskcn." Management Science 60 (8), 2020-2037, August 2014.

  7. Chen, Yan, Sherry Xin Li, Tracy Xiao Liu and Margaret Shih. "Which Hat to Wear? Impact of Natural Identities on Coordination and Cooperation." Games and Economic Behavior 84, 58-86, March 2014.

  8. 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.


  1.  Ding, Xichen, Jie Tang, Tracy Xiao Liu, Cheng Xu, Yaping Zhang, Feng Shi, Qixia Jiang and Dan Shen. “Infer Implicit Contexts in Real-time Online-to-Offline Recommendation.” Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD’19),2019.

  2. Feng, Wenzheng, Jie Tang, Tracy Xiao Liu, Shuhuai Zhang, and Jian Guan. “Understanding Dropouts in MOOCs.” Proceedings of the 33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI’19), 2019.

  3. Qiu, Jiezhong, Jie Tang, Tracy Xiao Liu, Jie Gong, Chenhui Zhang, Qian Zhang and Yufei Xue. Modeling and Predicting Learning Behavior in MOOCs." Proceeding of ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2016), San Francisco, CA, USA, February 22-25, 2016. (Acceptance rate 18.2%)

  4. Zhang, Chenhui, Sida Gao, Jie Tang, Tracy Xiao Liu, Zhanpeng Fang, and Xu Cheng. “Learning Triadic Influence in Large Social Networks.” 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), San Francisco, CA, 2016

1.      Cao, Cangjian, Sherry Xin Li and Tracy Xiao Liu. “A Gift with Thoughtfulness: A Field Experiment on Work Incentives” Second round revise and resubmit at Games and Economic Behavior,2019.

2.      Liu, Tracy Xiao, Zhixi Wan and Chenyu Yang. “The Efficiency of A Dynamic Decentralized Two-sided Matching Market.” reject and resubmit , 2019.

3.      Li, Sherry Xin and Tracy Xiao Liu. “Group Identity and Cooperation in Infinitely RepeatedGames.” Under review, 2018.

4.      Gong, Jie, Tracy Xiao Liu, Jie Tang. “Incentive Design on Mooc: a Field Experiment on XuetangX.” Under review, 2018.

5.       Bai, Chong-en, Wei Chi, Tracy Xiao Liu, Chao Tang and Jian Xu. “Boosting Pension Enrollment and Household Consumption by Example: A Field Experiment on Information Provision.” Under review, 2018.

6.      Yuan, Yuan, Tracy Xiao Liu(通讯作者), Chenhao Tan, Qian Chen, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentlanda and Jie Tang. “Social Contagion of Gift Exchange in Online Groups.” Under review, 2019.

7.      Liu, Tracy Xiao, Jingfeng Lu and Zhewei Wang. “Efficient Public Good Provision: Lotteries with Non-linear Pricing.” manuscript, 2019.