James Wang

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James Wang

Job Market Candidate

  • Fields of Study
    • Industrial Organization
      Applied Microeconomics
  • About

    James Wang is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Michigan specializing in industrial organization and organizational economics with an emphasis on delegation, credit markets, and behavioral economics. His current projects focus on the role of expertise, private information, and social network effects between borrowers and a lender. His job market paper looks at the value of delegating underwriting to loan officers by examining the choices they make under a structural model. His research gives insights on how to evaluate expertise across fields, design interventions that mitigate agency costs, and estimate behavioral biases. Before starting his PhD in 2009, Mr. Wang received a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2007.

    Dissertation Abstract

    Why Hire Loan Officers? Examining Delegated Expertise — Job Market Paper

    References

    Francine Lafontaine 
    Ross School of Business
    University of Michigan
    734.647.4915 
    laf@umich.edu

    Daniel Ackerberg
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan
    734.764.2357
    ackerber@umich.edu

    Ryan Kellogg
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan
    734.764.2371
    kelloggr@umich.edu

    Ying Fan 
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan 734.763.3096
    yingfan@umich.edu

    Matthew Shapiro
    (Teaching Reference)
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan
    734.763.4143
    shapiro@umich.edu

    Adam Stevenson
    (Teaching Reference)
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan
    734.615.8156
    adamstev@umich.edu

     

  • Education
    • M.A. in Economics, University of Michigan (2011)
      B.S. in Mathematics, University of Chicago (2007)
      B.A. in Economics, University of Chicago (2007)