Department of Economics
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
ADVANCE Professor for the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
Ginger Zhe Jin received her PhD in 2000 and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015-2017, she was on leave at the Federal Trade Commission, serving as the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics from January 2016 to July 2017. In 2019-2020, she is on leave at Amazon. Most of her research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. The applications she has studied include retail food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, e-commerce, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, intrafamilial interaction, data regulation, and consumer protection. Her research has been published in leading economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. Many of her works have been covered by major media outlets including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, and Los Angeles Times. She is currently co-editor of Journal of Economics and Management Strategy as well as associate editor of RAND Journal of Economics. She has been Research Associate of NBER since 2012. In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data.