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. In 2019-2020, she is on leave at Amazon.
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.
Areas of Interest
- Industrial Organization
- Information Economics
- E-commerce, Data, and Technology Innovation
- Government Regulations
- Health Economics
- Economics of Family
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsUCLA, 2000
- Incomplete Disclosure: Evidence of Signaling and Countersignaling, , American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 10(1 ), 41-66, February .
- Employer Contribution and Premium Growth in Health Insurance, , Journal of Health Economics 39, 228-247, January .
- Falsified or Substandard? Assessing Price and Non-Price Signals of Drug Quality, , Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 24(4 ), 687-711, December .
- Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant Inspections, , RAND Journal of Economics 45(4 ), 885-917, December .
- Platform Pricing at Sportscard Conventions, , Journal of Industrial Economics, July .
- Poor Drug Quality and Global Trade: A Pilot Study, , NBER Working Paper, September .
- Seller Reputation: From Word-of-Mouth to Centralized Feedback, , International Journal of Industrial Organization 34, 51-65, May .
- In Whom We Trust: The Role of Certification Agencies in Online Drug Markets, , The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 14(1 ), 111-150, December .
- The Promise of Beijing: Evaluating the Impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on Air Quality, , Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 66(3 ), 424-443, November .
- The Retraction Penalty: Evidence from the Web of Science, , Scientific Reports, November .
- Does Health Insurance Coverage Lead to Better Health and Educational Outcomes? Evidence from Rural China, , Journal of Health Economics 31(1 ), 1-14, January .
- Gaming in Air Pollution Data? Lessons from China, , B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 12(3 ), December .
- Love and Money by Parental Matchmaking: Evidence from Urban Couples in China, , American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 102(3 ), 555-560, May .
- The Informative Role of Advertising and Experience in Dynamic Brand Choice: an Application to the Ready-to-Eat Cereal Market, , Chapter 5 in Value of Information: Methodology Frontiers and New Applications in Environment and Health, July .
- Does Price Reveal Poor-Quality Drugs? Evidence from 17 Countries, , Journal of Health Economics 30(6 ), 1150-1163, December .
- Quality Disclosure and Certification: Theory and Practice, , Journal of Economic Literature 48(4 ), 935-963, December .
- That's News to Me! Information Revelation in Professional Certification Markets, , Economic Inquiry 48(1 ), 104-122, January .
- Information, Learning, and Drug Diffusion: the Case of Cox-2 Inhibitors, , Quantitative Marketing and Economics 7(4 ), 399-443, December .
- Reputation Incentives for Restaurant Hygiene, , American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 1(1 ), 237-267, February .
- Games Parents and Adolescents Play: Risky Behaviors, Parental Reputation and Strategic Transfers, , The Economic Journal 118(528 ), 515-555, April .
- Direct to Consumer Advertising and Prescription Choice, , Journal of Industrial Economics 55(4 ), 771, December .
- Dividing Online and Offline: A Case Study, , Review of Economic Studies 74(3 ), 981-1004, July .
- Information and Consumer Choice: The Value of Publicized Health Plan Ratings, , Journal of Health Economics 25(2 ), 248-275, March .
- Price, Quality and Reputation: Evidence From An Online Field Experiment, , RAND Journal of Economics 37(4 ), 983-1005, December .
- Competition and Disclosure Incentives: An Empirical Study of HMOs, , RAND Journal of Economics 36(1 ), 93-112, May .
- Impact of Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards on Foodborne Disease Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County, , Journal of Environmental Health 67(7 ), 32-36, March .
- The Case in Support of Resetaurant Hygiene Grade Cards, , Choices 20(2 ), 97-102, April .
- The Effects of Prescription Drug Advertising on Doctor Visits, , Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 14(3 ), 701-727, July .
- The Effects of Information on Product Quality: Evidence from Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards, , Quarterly Journal of Economics 118(2 ), 409-451, May .