Thank you for visiting my site! I recently graduated with a PhD degree from the Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. I have joined the Department of Resource Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017. 


Xiaoxue Sherry Gao

Department of Resource Economics
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
208A Stockbridge Hall
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone (Office): 413-577-0942

My fields of research are Applied Game Theory, Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Applied Econometrics. My current researches use diversified methods, including mathematical modeling, experimental design and a wide range of statistical methods, to look at questions of methodology importance or policy relevance. I am particularly interested in investigating how people make decisions under risks in the areas of labor economics, health economics, and applied econometrics. For more information on my job market paper, current projects and future research plans, please visit the "Research" page.

I have independently taught three college level, economics classes 
- "The Global Economy" and "The Introduction to Game Theory" 
at Georgia State University, and "Quantitative Methods in Applied Economics" at University of Massachusetts Amherst.  I am scheduled to teach "Advanced Microeconomics II", the second course in the graduate level Microeconomics sequence, in the coming Spring semester.  The experience with the students has been very rewarding; both my teaching skills and perspectives evolve with the valuable feedback from my students. For my teaching philosophy and more information on the two courses, please visit the "Teaching" page.

I have been actively attending and presenting at conferences. I have enjoyed assisting in workshops that introduce Experimental Economics to graduate students and faculty in other universities; I have also hosted experimental economics experiencing sessions for emerging young business, civic and public leaders from several African countries during their visit to Georgia State University. These experiences are inspiring and have made me even more passionate about pursuing a fulfilling career of researching and teaching in Economics as well as Experimental Economics.

         Running workshop experiment in China                       With collegue at conference