Xun Tang, Ph.D., is the Henry S. Fox Sr. Professor of Economics at Rice University. His research interest spans econometric methods and empirical studies of market mechanisms. Prof. Tang has published academic articles on a variety of topics, including the robust identification of micro-econometric models (e.g., qualitative responses, treatment effects, games with incomplete information), the estimation of social network models under missing or noisy data, and the empirical analyses of mechanisms such as standard and non-standard auctions and bilateral bargaining. His expertise lies in applying sound econometric tools to analyze game-theoretic or behavioral models that bridge economic theory and field data.
Prof. Tang served previously as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a principal economist at AMAZON.com. He has been a principal investigator under several National Science Foundation grants. Prof. Tang earned his doctorate from the Economics Department at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University (China). He was born and raised in Wuhan, Hubei, China.