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Ginger Zhe Jin Ph.D.

Ginger Zhe Jin, Ph.D.

Professor

Economics
3101 Tydings Hall
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-3484

Education:

  1. Ph.D., Economics, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), August 2000.
  2. (Advisors: Thomas N. Hubbard and V. Joseph Hotz)
  3. M.A., Economics, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), June 1998.
  4. M.A., Economics, the Graduate School of People’s Bank of China, April 1995.
  5. B. Eng., Economic Management, University of Science and Technology of China, 1992.

Biography:

Professor Ginger Zhe Jin received her PhD from UCLA in 2000 and is currently a Research Associate of NBER, Chief Data Scientist at Hazel Analytics, and a visiting staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission.

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 restaurant food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, online trading, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, and the intrafamilial interaction between parents and children. Her research has been published in economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data. The company provides public access to a national database of retail food safety inspection results via InspectionRepo.com, andit also develops proprietary technology to standardize and analyze food safety inspection data nationwide.

She is currently on sabbatical at the Federal Trade Commission and has been appointed the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics.

Departments:

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