Ginger Zhe Jin

Bureau of Economics
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Ginger Zhe Jin was appointed the Director of the FTC's Bureau of Economics by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on November 24, 2015. Assuming her director’s role on January 1, 2016, she supervises economic analysis at the FTC for both the antitrust and the consumer protection missions and advises the Commission on economic policy matters.

Jin is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has served on the University of Maryland faculty for more than 15 years.

Most of Jin’s research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and ways to overcome the information problem. The applications she has studied include restaurant food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, online trading, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, and the intrafamilial interaction between parents and children. Her research has been published in economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data.

Jin earned a doctorate in Economics from UCLA; a master’s degree in Economics from UCLA and the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China; and a bachelor’s degree in Economic Management from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Selected Publications

  • "Falsified or Substandard? Assessing Price and Non-Price Signals of Drug Quality," with Roger Bate and Aparna Mathur, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2015.
  • "Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant Inspections," with Jungmin Lee, RAND Journal of Economics, 2014.
  • "Quality Disclosure and Certification: Theory and Practice," with David Dranove, Journal of Economic Literature, 2010.
  • "That’s News to Me! Information Revelation in Professional Certification Markets," with John List and Andrew Kato, Economic Inquiry, 2010.
  • "Information, Learning, and Drug Diffusion: the Case of Cox-2 Inhibitors," with Pradeep Chintagunta and Renna Jiang, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, 2009.
  • "Dividing Online and Offline: A Case Study," with Andrew Kato, Review of Economic Studies, 2007.
  • "Price, Quality and Reputation: Evidence from an Online Field Experiment," with Andrew Kato, RAND Journal of Economics, 2006.
  • "Information and Consumer Choice: the Value of Publicized Health Plan Ratings," with Alan Sorensen, Journal of Health Economics, 2006.
  • "The Effects of Prescription Drug Advertising on Doctor Visits," with Toshiaki Iizuka, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2005.
  • "Competition and Disclosure Incentives: An Empirical Study of HMOs," RAND Journal of Economics, 2005.

Selected Presentations

  • "Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Big Data," FTC Microeconomics Conference. Washington, DC (2012)
  • "What is in a Good Reputation? From Word-of-Mouth to Centralized Feedback," European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE). Evora, Portugal (2013)


University of California Los Angeles
PhD Economics
University of California Los Angeles
MA Economics
The Graduate School of the People's Bank of China
MA Economics
University of Science and Technology of China
BS Economic Management

Fields of Interest

  • Industrial Organization
  • Competition
  • Information Asymmetry
  • Advertising
  • Consumer Protection

Professional Experience

Federal Trade Commission

Professor of Economics
University of Maryland, College Park

Research Associate
National Bureau of Economic Research

Associate Professor of Economics
University of Maryland, College Park

Faculty Research Fellow
National Bureau of Economic Research

Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Maryland, College Park