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Ginger Jin

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Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park

Ginger Zhe Jin is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015-2017, she was on leave at the Federal Trade Commission, serving as the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics from January 2016 to July 2017. From January 2019 to May 2020, she was on leave at Amazon.com as Amazon Scholar and Senior Principal Economist. In 2022-2023, she was the ADVANCE Professor of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. Most of her research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. The applications she has studied include retail food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, e-commerce, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, vaccination, intrafamilial interaction, data regulation, and consumer protection. Her research has been published in leading economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, the Sloan Foundation and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Many of her works have been covered by major media outlets including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, and Los Angeles Times. She is currently a managing editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, an advisory council member of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and a board member of the Industrial Organization Society. She has been Research Associate of NBER since 2012. In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data. She received her PhD in Economics from UCLA in 2000.

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