Alexander WHITE

Economics    Associate Professor


Office:Weilun 229

Office Hours:By Appointment

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Economics (with highest distinction), Toulouse School of Economics, February 2011

M.A. in Economics, Toulouse School of Economics, July 2006

B.A. in Economics (with honors), Columbia University, February 2005


Work Experience

2019 – present: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University 

2014 – present: Director, Competition Policy Program, National Institute for Fiscal Studies, Tsinghua University 

2014– 2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University 

2010 – 2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University



Industrial Organization (undergrad and Ph.D.) at Tsinghua, since 2011

Economics of Online Platforms and the Sharing Economy (freshman seminar), since 2019


Research Areas

Industrial Organization, Microeconomic Theory, Economics of the Internet



“Vertical Agreements and User Access” (with Germain Gaudin). American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 328-371, 2021. 

“Outsiders, Insiders and Interventions in the Housing Market” (with Xiaokuai Shao). Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 110-134, March 2021.

 “Multidimensional Platform Design” (with Andre Veiga and Glen Weyl). American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), vol. 107, no. 5, May 2017. 

“Let the Right ‘One’ Win: Policy Lessons from the New Economics of Platforms” (with Glen Weyl). Competition Policy International, vol. 10, no. 2, Autumn 2014, p. 29-51. Published in Chinese as 让最好的一方赢–平台产业新经济学的政策含义,比较, vol. 76, no. 1, 2015, p. 41-64. 

“Search Engines: Left Side Quality versus Right Side Profits”. International Journal of Industrial Organization, vol. 31, no. 6, November 2013, p. 690-701. (Won 2014 IJIO Best Paper Award)

“Walrasian Equilibrium in Large, Quasilinear Economies” (with Eduardo Azevedo and Glen Weyl). Theoretical Economics, vol. 8, no. 2, May 2013, p. 281-290. 

“Economics of Online Platforms”, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Online Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. WORKING PAPERS “Platform Competition and Interoperability: The Net Fee Model” (with Mehmet Ekmekci and Lingxuan Wu) 

“Double Marginalization and Misplacement in Online Advertising” (with Kamal Jain, Shota Ichihashi and Byung-Cheol Kim) “Optional Intermediaries and Pricing Restraints” (with Chang Liu and Fengshi Niu)

 “Insulated Platform Competition” (with Glen Weyl) “On the Antitrust Economics of the Electronic Books Industry” (with Germain Gaudin) “Unit versus Ad Valorem Taxation Under Revenue Maximization” (with Germain Gaudin) “Half-Hearted Cooperation and the Evolution of Altruism”