Lien, Jaimie

BA (Wellesley College); MA, PhD (University of California)

Assistant Professor


Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics

Room 924, 9/F
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 9699


Prof. Jaimie W. Lien is an Assistant Professor of Business Economics in the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her main research interests are in behavioural and experimental economics, including decisions under uncertainty, social cooperation and competition mechanisms, and consumer finance among other topics. Her research methods include statistical field data analysis, laboratory experiments and collaborations on applied theoretical modeling. Prof. Lien’s research has been published in Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Experimental Economics, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, among other academic journals. She was a co-founder of the Economic Science and Policy Experimental Laboratory at Tsinghua University, where she was previously an Assistant Professor from 2010 to 2015. She received her PhD in Economics in 2010 from University of California, San Diego where she also obtained an MA in Economics. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College, after which she worked as an Associate Economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In 2018 she visited the European University Institute, Department of Economics as a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow. She has been Principal Investigator on several research grants, including those awarded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Teaching Areas

Economics for Business Studies
Economics for Tourism and Hospitality

Research Interests

Behavioural Economics
Experimental Economics

  • Grants
    • Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Research Fund, 2017-2019 (Principal Investigator)
    • Independent Research Project Grant, Tsinghua University, 2016-2018 (Principal Investigator)
    • Ministry of Education Grant for Ph.D. Researchers, 2014-2015 (Principal Investigator)
    • National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Faculty Grant, 2014-2016 (Principal Investigator)
    • Independent Research Project Grant, Tsinghua University, 2012-2015 (Principal Investigator)
  • Academic/Professional Services

    Referee Service

    • Econometrica, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Games and Economic Behavior, Nature Human Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Theory and Decision, Judgment and Decision Making, Journal of Economic Psychology, Singapore Economic Review, Journal of Asian Economics, International Gambling Studies, International Journal of Logistics, International Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering, Frontiers of Economics in China, Sage Open (article editor), Routledge Books, Cambridge University Press

    Previous Employment

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, 2010-2015
    • Associate Economist, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2001-2003