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Yingyao Hu

YINGYAO HU, Ph.D., is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics and chair of the economics department at Johns Hopkins University where he has worked as a professor of economics since 2007.

Before joining Hopkins, Dr. Hu was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin for four years. He is a Hopkins alumnus with an MSE in mathematical science and an MA in economics in 2001, and a PhD in economics in 2003. He also studied at Michigan State University, Fudan University in Shanghai, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Dr. Hu’s research interests include micro-econometrics, empirical industrial organization, and labor economics. In micro-econometrics, his research has focused on the nonparametric identification and estimation of measurement error models, mixture models, panel data model with fixed effects or unobserved covariates, and, generally, microeconomic models with latent variables. He is particularly interested in application-oriented econometrics, where the econometric methods are closely integrated with the economic theory or story. In empirical industrial organization, Dr. Hu work on unobserved heterogeneity in auction models, dynamic models with unobserved state variables, belief updating in learning models, estimation of production functions, and dynamic discrete choice with subjective belief. In labor economics, his research has concerned the US unemployment rates after correcting the self-reporting errors in the Current Population Survey, reliable estimates of China‚Äôs unemployment rates in a long period, and the impact of hurricanes on the fertility on the east coast of the United States.

Dr. Hu has published in many leading journals in economics and statistics, such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Population Economics, and Journal of Comparative Economics. He is a fellow of the Journal of Econometrics and have served on the editorial boards of several journals. He was also a co-editor of a Journal of Econometrics special issue on measurement errors.