|Address||Department of Economics,
Business Administration Building, Room 109
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York, 12222
|Phone||+1 (518) 512-7392|
|Citizenship||China (on F-1 Student visa)|
The Department of Economics of the University at Albany, State University of New York has a strong faculty engaged in a wide range of applied and theoretical research. In the 2013 rankings of Research Papers in Economics (RePEC), the department is placed in the top 10% of all U.S. economics institutions.
Jun 4, 2014: The status of the paper "Quantifying Survey Expectations: A Critical Review and Generalization of the Carlson-Parkin Method" is changed from "Revise and Resubmit" to "Forthcoming".
Jun 4, 2014: Added the "University at Albany Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award" to the grants and awards section.
Apr 14, 2014: The paper "Testing the value of probability forecasts for calibrated combining" is available online through ScienceDirect. Click HERE to access the paper.
Apr 4, 2014: The paper "Measuring Macroeconomic News in Real Time" (a work in progress with Kajal Lahiri) will be presented at the inaugural conference of the Society for Economic Measurement, University of Chicago, August 18-20, 2014.
Apr 4, 2014: The paper "The Yield Spread Puzzle and the Information Content of Survey of Professional Forecasters (SPF) Forecasts" has been accepted for presentation at the Third Annual Joint Mini Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association, Geneseo, NY, April 12th, 2014.
Feb 18, 2014: The paper "Machine Learning and Forecast Combination in Incomplete Panels" has been accepted for presentation at the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics 22nd Annual Symposium to be held at Baruch College CUNY, April 17, 2014.
Feb 18, 2014: The paper "Modeling Hedge Fund Returns: Selection, Nonlinearity and Managerial Efficiency" has come out online in Volume 35 Issue 2 of Managerial and Decision Economics, pp., 172 - 187.
Dec 24, 2013: Changed status of the paper "Testing the Value of Probability Forecasts for Calibrated Combining" from revise and resubmit to forthcoming.
Dec 20, 2013: Added the "SAS-IIF Grant to Support Research on Principles of Forecasting" to grants and awards.
2008 - 2014
University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Ph.D. EconomicsDissertation: Essays on Forecasting with Survey Data and Many Predictors: Forecast Combination, Evaluation, and Applications to the Financial Market
Adviser: Prof. Kajal Lahiri
University at Albany, State University of New York, USA.
2004 - 2008
University of International Relations, Beijing, China.
Courses taught as instructor of record:
Courses TA'ed or tutored:
AECO110 Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
AECO111 Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
AECO300 Intermediate Microeconomics
AECO301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
UFSP100 Freshmen Seminar: Forecasting in Business and Economics
Selected comments from students:
I enjoyed the class, I would have liked to have done the state budget case study though. I understand that other students needed more instruction though.Student from Forecasting course
I have taken this course 3 times now and I have never really understood it. However, working with professor Zhao I got to saw it from a new FRESH perspective. I think having someone younger teaching this class really helps to have a more open flow of conversation about the topics at hand.Student from Macroeconomics course
Tried to engage students and wasn't monotone.Student from Money and Banking course
Explanation of the concepts of the material covered was sufficient for me to understand with little additional review on my own. Copies of the well prepared presentations were available online so that anything covered in class could be reexamined after class.Student from Macroeconomics course
The instructor explained assignments well, he made students learn the materials well. He answered my emails and answered questions. He respected students.Student from Developing Economies course
The Inaugural Conference of the Society for Economic Measurement, University of Chicago, August 18-20, 2014. (Scheduled)
Third Annual Joint Mini Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association, Geneseo, NY, April 12th, 2014.
Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics 22nd Annual Symposium, Baruch College CUNY, New York City, New York, USA, April 17, 2014.
Eastern Economic Association 39th Annual Conference, New York City, New York, USA, May 10, 2013.
New York Camp Econometrics VIII, The Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University, Bolton Landing, New York, USA, April 5, 2013 (poster).
New York Camp Econometrics VII, The Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University, Cooperstown, New York, USA, April 15, 2012.
64th Annual Conference, New York State Economics Association, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA, September 24, 2011.
New York Camp Econometrics VI, The Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University, Lake Placid, New York, USA, April 9, 2011.
30th CIRET (Centre for International Research on Economic Tendency Surveys) Conference, The Conference Board, New York City, New York, USA, October 16, 2010.
Grants and Awards
University at Albany Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, University at Albany, SUNY, May, 2014.
SAS-IIF Grant to Support Research on Principles of Forecasting ($5000), International Institute of Forecasters, December, 2013.
Pong S. Lee Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, August, 2012.
Extended Year Funding for Dissertation Research, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY, May, 2012.
Pong S. Lee Endowment Award for Outstanding Research, Department of Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, December, 2011.
Outstanding Performance on Preliminary Comprehensive Examinations, Department of Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, September, 2009.
Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, University at Albany, SUNY, September, 2008 to May 2012.
International Journal of Forecasting
Research Tools and Languages
Stata; experience in
SAS (certified base programmer),
Spoken and written proficiency in
English (acquired) and
Chinese Mandarin (native).
Courses taken: ACAS601 Seminar in College Teaching (Fall 2011); ACAS602 Preparing for Professoriate (Spring 2011).
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