Lian Xue

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

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

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

I use behavioural tools to explore economically interesting questions. Which include but are not subject to individual decision-making anomalies, e.g. the prepayment effect and the tendency to take excessive risk in the cyber-space; cooperative choices during human interactions, e.g. voluntary contributions to public good games; and the trade-off between inequality and efficiency in bargaining environment. I am also involved with policy-oriented analysis in contingency events, such as the outbreak of ransomware or cyber-attack (the EMPHASIS project), and the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic preferences.

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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 (2020): 1.

"An investigation of individual willingness to pay ransomware." Cartwright, Anna, Edward Cartwright, Lian Xue, and Julio Hernandez-Castro. Journal of Financial Crime (2022).

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