Yan Lau is an Economist and Section Chief of the Fair Credit Access Research & Policy group in the Office of Research at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
His research focuses on applied microeconomics, labor economics, the economics of education, and public policy.
Prior to joining the CFPB in 2022, he worked on consumer protection issues in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (2017-2022) and taught in the Economics Department at Reed College (2013-2017). Originally from Hong Kong, Yan has lived (at various points in time) in Seattle, Singapore, New York, New Jersey and Oregon as well. In his free time, he enjoys attempting new recipes, swimming, vacuuming, and playing with his 4-year-old son.
Economics at the FTC: Multi‑level Marketing and a Coal Joint Venture (with Marta Wosińska, David Givens, Doug S. Smith, Christopher Taylor & Benjamin Wallace)
Review of Industrial Organization, 2021, Vol. 59, pp. 629-650
Tournament Incentives Structure and Effort, or The Art of Carrot Dangling
Presented at Society of Labor Economists Annual Conference 2014
Access to Retirement Savings and its Effects on Labor Supply Decisions
Presented at IZA / RIETI Workshop: Changing Demographics and the Labor Market
The Effectiveness of Cram Schools as Inputs of Education Production
Presented at Hong Kong Economic Association 9th Biennial Conference
Accounting for International Differences in Education Inequality
Presented at Western Economics Association 89th Annual Meeting
Twitter-derived Measures of Sentiment Towards Minorities (2015–2016) and Associations with Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth in the United States (with Thu T. Nguyen, Hsien-Weng Meng, Sanjeev Sandeep, Matt McCullough, Weijun Yu, Dina Huang & Quynh C. Nguyen)
Computers in Human Behavior, 2018, Vol. 89, pp. 308-315
Discordance in National Estimates of Hypertension Among Young Adults (with Quynh C. Nguyen, Joyce W. Tabor, Pamela P. Entzel, Chirayath Suchindran, Jon M. Hussey, Carolyn T. Halpern, Kathleen M. Harris & Eric A. Whitsel)
Epidemiology, 2011, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 532-541