Being a graduate instructor with full responsibility for teaching, including lecturing and grading, is a great challenge for me and also a valuable experience. As a foreign student, preparing the lectures used to be challenging for me because of differences in cultures. With the help of my advisor Professor Vivek Ghosal, I’ve learned how to communicate with the students, to encourage them to “think like an economist,” and to motivate them to solve real-life problems by using principles in economics. I find the teaching experience as well as all the feedbacks and the thank-you notes I’ve received to be very beneficial.
My research interests are in areas related to industrial organization, innovation, patenting, competition, and firm strategy. My current research project, "Competition and Innovation in the Automobile Industry,” examines the dynamics of innovation and competition in this industry. The stories behind these shifting dynamics are so fascinating. The competition in technologies and market shares among the global producers makes this industry extraordinarily vibrant.
Several factors make this market important to study. There have been important mergers and acquisitions between large global firms, including between Daimler, Fiat, and Chrysler. In addition, we have seen entry of new and successful competitors that have disrupted the market, like Hyundai and Kia.
The U.S. automobile market is economically large, in reference to jobs created and capital investments. Given these aspects, studying the shifting dynamics between the major global producers’ market shares and innovation activities is interesting both from a policy perspective as well as firm strategy.
I got my bachelor degree in economics and finance from Tsinghua University. I planned to further my research in economics with an emphasis on technologies, so I chose the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech, which I believed would have a great academic atmosphere in both economics and technologies. My experience here tells me that I’ve made the right decision.
My experiences in the School of Economics have been so valuable. All the graduate courses and my research projects are helpful in pursuing my career goals in areas related to economics and technologies.
In addition, professors in the School of Economics possess great enthusiasm and dedication for teaching and supporting every student, and their knowledge, expertise, and guidance are extremely valuable for my work.
“My experiences in the School of Economics have been so valuable...I’ve developed analytical abilities for identifying, streamlining, and solving complex problems.”
My background in economics and my research experience in technologies make me unique. I’ve developed analytical abilities for identifying, streamlining, and solving complex problems. In addition, my empirical data-intensive research experience has enhanced my proficiency in various applications.
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