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XIAOJIA ZHANG (LIZZY)

14 Buswell street, apt 503

Boston MA 02215 USA

Cell: +1 (617) 416 3363

Email: xjzhang@bu.edu

Website: http://blogs.bu.edu/xjzhang

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Economics, Boston University, Boston, MA, May 2014 (expected)

Dissertation Title: Essays on Consumption Choice

Main Advisor: Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Dissertation Committee: Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Kevin Lang and Jianjun Miao

M.A., Political Economy, Boston University, Boston, MA, May 2011

B.S., Economics, Peking University, Beijing, China, June 2008

 

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Applied Microeconomics, Public Finance, International Economics, Applied Econometrics

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecturer, International Finance and Open-Economy Macroeconomics (Undergraduate, 2 sections), Dartmouth College, Fall 2013, Winter 2014

Teaching Fellow, Statistics for Economists (Graduate), Boston University, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Teaching Fellow, International Economics (Undergraduate), Boston University, Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Economics (Undergraduate), Boston University, Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, Government, Business and Labor (Undergraduate), Boston University, Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, Economics of the Labor Market (Undergraduate), Boston University, Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Macroeconomics (Undergraduate, 2 sections), Boston University, Spring 2011

Teaching Assistant, Monetary and Bank Theory (Undergraduate), Boston University, Spring 2011

Teaching Assistant, International Trade (Undergraduate), Boston University, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant, International Finance (Graduate), Boston University, Spring 2010

Teaching Assistant, International Finance (Undergraduate), Boston University, Fall 2009, Spring 2010

 

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

Intern (with extension because of good performance), Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank-Boston, June 1st -September 30th, 2013

Winter Intern, Research Department, China Social and Economic Decision Making Consulting Center, Beijing, China, December 2012-January 2013

Research Assistant, Prof. Yanbo Wang, School of Management, Boston University, 2011

Project participant with Prof. Yasheng Huang (MIT Sloan Business School) and Prof. Yanbo Wang (Boston University School of Management) on “Approaches in GDP Calculation in China”, 2011

Department Research Assistant for the Chair and Associate Chair, Department of Economics, Boston University, 2010

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Dean’s Fellowship, Boston University, 2008-present

Teaching Fellowship, Boston University, 2009-2013

GRS Graduate Scholarship, Boston University, 2013-present

Economics Scholarship, Department of Economics, Boston University, 2009-2013

Insurance Scholarship, Department of Economics, Boston University, 2009-present

Travel Grants to Conferences (awarded 5 times), Institute for Economic Development, Boston University, 2013

Non-Service Summer Stipend, Department of Economics, Boston University, 2009-present

Student Research Award, Institute for Economic Development, Boston University, 2012

Second Prize in Economic Policy Advice, National Development and Reform Commission, China, 2011

Research Assistantship, Boston University, 2010

International Certificate of Excellence, Journal of Contemporary Academic Research, 2007

First Prize, Jing-Cheng Debate Contest, School of Economics, Peking University, 2005

First Prize, Chun-Lei National Writing Composition Contest, China, 2004

(And 15 more awards, prizes and fellowships since 2001. Full list available upon request)

 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“The Effect of Cognitive Ability on Consumption Behavior”, 2013. The Business & Management Review, 3(3), 124.

The Impact of Tax on Non-Alcoholic Beverage Demand”, 2013. Northeast Business & Economics Association 2013 Conference Proceedings, 267.

“Does Culture and Other Non-Economic Factors Affect People’s Saving Behavior? An Experiment Carried in China and the US”, 2013. West East Institute International Academic Conference Proceedings (Business&Economics and Management), 43.

“Testing Consumption Choices: Through an Experimental Approach”, 2013. Proceedings of the Mustang International Academic Conference 2, 41.

“Search and Matching: Do They Explain the Labor Wedge?”, 2013. Proceedings of the Mustang International Academic Conference 2, 42.

“Constructing a Complete Insurance System and Bringing Down the Saving Rate”, 2010. People’s Daily (Overseas Edition), 12(3).

“The Wall Behind China’s Open Door: Towards Efficient Intercultural Management in China (Participated in writing Chapter 8),” 2008. ASP Academic and Scientific Publisher in Brussels.

“Evaluation of Public Choice Theory on State Intervention”, 2007. Contemporary Academic Research (Chinese Journal), 9, 116-119.

“The Origin of Marriage from the View of Economics”, 2007. Career Horizon (Chinese Journal), 6, 92-93.

 

PRESENTATIONS IN CONFERENCES

Northeast Business & Economics Association 40th Annual Conference, Bretton Woods, NH, November 2013 (session chair, oral presentation on “The Impact of Tax on Non-Alcoholic Beverage Demand”)

Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, May 2013 (session chair, oral presenter on “The Influence of Curiosity on Foreign Firms’ Export Decision: From the Game Theoretic Approach”, discussant in two sessions)

International Conference on Business and Economic Development, New York, NY, March 2013 (oral presenter on “The Effect of Cognitive Ability on Consumption Behavior”)

West-East Institute International ​Academic Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2013 (session chair and oral presenter on “Does Culture or Other Non-Economic Factors Affect People’s Saving Behavior? An Experiment Carried in China and the US”)

Mustang Business and Social Science International Academic Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 2013 (oral presenter on “Testing People’s Rational Consumption: Through an Experimental Approach”)

Peking University Alumni Association-New England Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 2011 (organizer and host)


WORKING PAPERS

“The Effect of Soda Tax on Soda Consumption: Using a Censored Quadratic Model ”, October 2013.

“Testing Consumption Choice: Through an Experimental Approach”, May 2012.

“Does Culture or Other Non-Economic Factors Affect People’s Saving Behavior? An Experiment Carried out in China and the US”, September 2010.

“The Influence of Curiosity on Foreign Firms’ Export Decision: From the Game Theoretic Approach”, December 2009.

“The Effect of Country-Specific Animosity upon Product Choice and Price Sacrifice: Empirical Evidence from a Hybrid Research Model in Beijing”, (with Benjamin Jacobs and Jiao Wu), May 2007

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

“Does Tax Policy Affect Alcohol Consumption? Estimation from A Three-Good Utility Model”

“The Effect of Price Discrimination on the Deviations from the Law of One Price: The Case in China”

“Search and Matching: Do They Explain the Labor Wedge?”

“The Reform of State Owned Enterprises in China” (with Yanbo Wang and David Wang)

“Tradeoff between Saving and Consumption in China: Does Tax Policy Play a Role?”

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

32 works in other fields (Written in English, Chinese or Dutch) published in nationwide journals, books, newspapers and magazines. Including (but not limited to) People’s Daily (8 articles), Beijing Evening Daily, Wenhui News, Juvenile and Law, and articles included in books published by Tsinghua University Press and Peking University Press.

(Full list available upon request)

 

LANGUAGES

English (Fluent), Chinese (Native), Dutch (Basic), French (Beginner)

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

STATA (taught STATA classes for graduate students 2011-2012), MATLAB, Visual Basic, Eviews, LyX, SAS, Dynare, Microsoft Office

 

CERTIFICATION

Certificate of Completion in Training in Human Participants Protection, Boston University Medical Campus of Clinical Research, May 2011

 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Vice President, Peking University Alumni Association-New England, 2012-present

Vice President, Peking University Alumni Club, Boston University, 2012-present

Director, Finance Department, Peking University Alumni Association-New England, 2011-2012

Director, Marketing/Communication Department, Peking University Alumni Association-New England, 2010-2012

Associate Chief Editor, Quarterly Newsletter, Peking University Alumni Association-New England, 2010-present

House Manager, Boston Beijing Opera Association, 2010

 

 

CITIZENSHIP/VISA: CHINA/F-1

 

REFERENCE

Prof. Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Department of Economics

Boston University

Phone: (617) 353-4002

Email: kotlikof@bu.edu

Prof. Kevin Lang

Department of Economics

Boston University

Phone: (617) 353-5694

Email: lang@bu.edu

Prof. Douglas O. Staiger

Chair, Department of Economics

Dartmouth College

Phone: (603) 646-2979

Email: Douglas.O.Staiger@dartmouth.edu

Dr. Scott Schuh

Director, Consumer Payment Research Center

Federal Reserve Bank – Boston

Phone: (617) 973-3941

Email: Scott.Schuh@bos.frb.org