Ginger Zhe Jin is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the ADVANCE Professor of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University since September 2021. 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 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, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, vaccination, 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, advisory council member of Journal of Industrial Economics, and board member of Industrial Organization Society. 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.

She received her PhD in Economics from UCLA in 2000. 

Areas of Interest

  • Industrial Organization
  • Information Economics
  • E-commerce, Data, and Technology Innovation
  • Government Regulations
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Family
  • China
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    UCLA, 2000
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ECON326 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis Fall 2017
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