I am an assistant professor in the Department of Resource Economics and the co-director of the Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Laboratory at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Xiaoxue Sherry Gao
Department of Resource Economics
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
217B 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 methodological 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 papers and projects, 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 also taught "Applied Microeconomic Theory II," the second course in the Microeconomics sequence for graduate students. The experience with the students has been very rewarding; both my teaching skills and philosophies evolve with the valuable feedback from my students. For my teaching philosophy and more information on these 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; 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.