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Yan Chen

Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor of Information, Professor of Information, School of Information and Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/764-9488
Office: School of Information/4348 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Yan Chen is the Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor in the School of Information at University of Michigan, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University. Her research interests are in behavioral and experimental economics, market and mechanism design. She is a former president of the Economic Science Association, an international organization of experimental economists. Chen has published in leading economics and management journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Theory, and Management Science, and general interest journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves as a Department Editor of Management Science.




Areas of interest

behavioral and experimental economics, market and mechanism design, information economics

Honors & Awards

Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, University of Michigan, 2021
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan, 2020
Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, American Economic Association, 2019


PhD 1995 California Institute of Technology; B.A. 1988 Tsinghua University


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