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Economist Shares Interest in Microeconomics and Game Theory

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Jen-Wen Chang, assistant professor of economics, has explored such wide-ranging fields as crowdfunding, game theory and industrial organization while earning his doctorate in economics from UCLA. This fall, he shares his experiences and knowledge with Cal State Fullerton business administration students.

What inspired you to go into your field? What was the defining moment?

I was attracted by the logical and quantitative reasoning economics has to offer to analyze various phenomena.

What are your research interests and why?

Microeconomics and game theory. It is a humble yet rigorous branch of economics that builds models to answer questions in small and well-defined environments, like auction, voting, etc.

How do you engage students in your classes and/or research?

I encourage students to think about how different institutions around us work. For example, why does AT&T offer different plans? Would a master’s degree diploma benefit my job search? These are questions that microeconomics tries to answer.

What changes do you envision in your field five years from now?

More applications for e-commerce.

You have taught game theory and are working on voting behavior; both are areas that the general audience might not realize are involved in economics. Can you share how broad the field is and its importance beyond the boardroom?

Microeconomists have found the limitations of voting systems. We study, for example, whether voluntary voting or compulsory voting has a better chance of electing the best alternative.

See the complete list of new tenure-track faculty members  joining CSUF this fall.