"古人学问无遗力,少壮工夫老始成。纸上得来终觉浅,绝知此事要躬行。"

---- 陆游 《冬夜读书示子聿》

Contact Information:

Department of Economics University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Email: jin@econ.umd.edu

Office: (301) 405-3484

Fax: (301) 405-3542


Ginger Zhe Jin received her PhD in 2000 and 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.

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, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, 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, and the Sloan Foundation. 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 co-editor of Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, associate editor of RAND Journal of Economics, and guest senior editor for a special issue of Marketing Science on consumer protection. 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.