Lian Xue

I am current working as an assistant professor in department of Economics at School of Economics and Management in Wuhan University. I am also affiliated to the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Research (CBER) in Wuhan University.

Before that I was a Research Associate in School of Economics, University of Kent, for the EMPHASIS project, with Edward Cartwright, Anna Stepanova and the other members of EMPHASIS team from Sep. 2017 to Sep. 2018.

I obtained my PhD from School of Economics, University of East Anglia, under the supervision of Theodore Turocy and Stefania Sitzia. And I am affiliated to the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS).

My research focuses on behaviour and experimental economics. In specific, I analyse individual decision making anomalies under risk and uncertainty (for example, the prepayment effect and cyber security); and strategic interactions (including tacit bargaining and bargaining with costly conflicts) My newest ''interaction'' research extend to dynamic interaction in real-time bargaining games.

My current project "EMPHASIS" focuses on the behavioural aspect of Ransomware and cyber security and public choices.

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“Mathematics self-confidence and the ‘prepayment effect’ in riskless choices” Lian Xue, Stefania Sitzia and Theodore Turocy. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2017).

"Impulse balance and framing effects in threshold public good games." Cartwright, Edward, Anna Stepanova, and Lian Xue. Journal of Public Economic Theory (2019).

"Investing in Prevention or Paying for Recovery - Attitudes to Cyber Risk." Cartwright Anna., Cartwright Edward., Lian Xue In: Alpcan T., Vorobeychik Y., Baras J., Dán G. (eds) Decision and Game Theory for Security. GameSec 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11836. Springer, Cham (2019)

"Are People Willing to Tell Pareto White Lies? A Review and New Experimental Evidence." Cartwright, Edward, Lian Xue, and Charlotte Brown. Games 12, no. 1 (2021): 1.

Job Market Paper

"Opposites do not attack: War and peace in a dynamic bargaining experiment with costly conflict"

Other Research Papers

"Medical Occupation Preference under the Influence of the COVID-19 Epidemic: Evidence from post-lockdown Wuhan."

Talk available at:

"Lie aversion, anonymity and social distance:Are people more willing to lie using a mobilephone?" (with Edward Cartwright)


Lecturer, Spring Terms:

  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics; WHU Economics.

  • Principles of Econometrics; WHU Economics.

Teaching Assistant, 2015-2016: Intermediate Micro economics; UEA Economics; Amrish Patel

Teaching Assistant, April 2016: Stata short course; UEA Development; Emike Nasamu


A408, School of Economics and Management

Wuhan University


China, 430070