Associate Professor, Department of Economics 
Director of Economics Graduate Program 
Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economic Growth
  • Ph.D. in Economics George Mason University, 2016
  • M.A. in Economics George Mason University, 2012
  • B.S. in Finance Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2010

Brief Bio

Dr. Siyu Wang joined the department of economics in the fall of 2020. She is an applied microeconomist who works on bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Her research approach relies on insights from experimental economics, in the tradition of Nobel laureate Vernon Smith, to investigate individual behavior, public choice, and managerial policies.

Research Interests

Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Information Economics (Communication, Network, and Online Platform Design), Behavioral Political Economy, Law and Economics


ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 231 Business Statistics, ECON 704 Behavioral Economics and Managerial Decisions, BADM 100 Exploring the World of Business 


"From Adam Smith to Artificial Intelligence: An Experimental Exploration of Emotion in Humanomics" (with Xiangdong Qin, Zhiren Wu, and Xuechun Feng)  Accepted at Public Choice in the special issue honoring Vernon L. Smith

"Impact of Open-Mindedness on Information Avoidance: Tailored vs. Generic Communication" (with Delong Meng) Volume 108, February 2024, 102152 , Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 

"Is the 'Smoke-filled Room' Necessary? An Experimental Study of the Effect of Communication Networks on Collusion" (with Timothy Flannery) , Volume 89, Issue 4, April 2023, 1056-1077, Southern Economic Journal

"The Impact of Parental Migration on Social Interaction - A Framed Field Experiment with Left-behind Children in China" (with Hui Xu) Volume 187, July 2021, 246-257 Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 

"The Aspirational Income Hypothesis: Limits of the Relative Income Hypothesis" (with Elias Lafi Khalil, Jason Aimone, Daniel Houser, Deborah Martinez and Kun Qian) Volume 182, February 2021, 229-247, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 

"Intention or Request: The Impact of Message Structure " (with Timothy Flannery) Feb 2021, Games, on Special Issue "Experiments on Communication in Games" 

"Collective Experimentation: A Laboratory Study" (with Cesar Martinelli and Mikhail Freer)  Volume 175, July 2020, 365-379, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 

"Demanding or Deferring? An Experimental Analysis of the Economic Value of Communication with Attitude" (with Daniel Houser) Volume 115, May, 2019, 381-395,  Games and Economic Behavior 

"Embezzlement, Whistleblowing, and Organizational Architecture: An Experimental Investigation" (with Michael Makowsky) 2018, 147, 58-75, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 

"The Effect of Digitalization on Penalty Payments: An Experimental Investigation" (with Xiangdong Qin) 2015, 4(8), Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics 

"Using an Exogenous Mechanism to Examine Efficient Probabilistic Punishment" (with Xiangdong Qin) 2013, 39, 1-10, Journal of Economic Psychology

Working Papers

“Is It What You Say, or How You Say It?” (with Xiangdong Qin and Zhiren Wu)  Accept Pending Minor Revisions 

Echo Chambers: Choosing Interlocutors and Messages” (with Delong Meng) Under Review 

"The Effect of Announcing Moral Principles on Deterring Embezzlement" (with Zhen Lei and Sen Tian) Under Review

"Determining When to Set the Price of Co-creation Products in the Freelance Market: Theory and Experiment" (with Ying Yang)  Under Review

"Preferences For Criminal Justice Error Types: An Experiment" (with Hudja, Stanton, Jason Ralston, Jason Aimone, Lucas Rentschler, and Charles North)  Working Paper