Jin Li
Jin Li

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Print Overview

Jin Li is Assistant Professor of Strategy at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, he received his PhD in economics from M.I.T. Professor Li's research interests include labor economics and organizational economics. At Kellogg, Professor Li has taught strategy and organization (MGMT 452) and personnel strategy (MGMT440) to MBA students and organizational economics to doctoral students.

Areas of Expertise
Contract Theory
Economics of Organizations
Information Economics

Print Vita
PhD, 2007, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, 2002, Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology
BA, 2002, Economics and Mathematics, Wesleyan University

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor in Management and Strategy Department, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-present
Donald P. Jacobs Scholar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2007-2008

Print Research
Research Interests
Labor economics, organizational economics

Powell, MichaelJin Li and Rongzhu Ke. Forthcoming. Managing Careers in Organizations. Journal of Labor Economics.
Powell, MichaelNiko Matouschek and Jin Li. 2017. Power Dynamics in Organizations. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
Fong, Yuk-fai and Jin Li. Forthcoming. Information Revelation in Relational Contracts. Review of Economic Studies.
Li, Jin, Yuk-fai Fong and Ke Liu. Forthcoming. When Does Aftermarket Monopolization Soften Foremarket Competition?. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.
Li, Jin, Joyee Deb and Arijit Mukherjee. 2015. Relational Contracts with Subjective Peer Evaluations. RAND Journal of Economics. 47(1): 3-28.
Li, Jin and Charles Plott. 2009. Tacit Collusion in Auctions and Conditions for Its Facilitation and Prevention: Equilibrium Selection in Laboratory Experimental Markets. Economic Inquiry. 47(3): 425-448.
Li, Jin. 2013. Job Mobility, Wage Dispersion, and Technological Chane: As Asymmetric Information Perspective. European Economic Review. 60: 105-126.
Matouschek, Niko and Jin Li. 2013. Managing Conflicts in Relational Contracts. American Economic Review. 103(6): 2328-51.
Working Papers
Li, Jin and Jun Yu. 2016. A Theory of Turnover and Wage Dynamics.
Barron, Daniel and Jin Li. 2016. Financing Constraints and Relational Contracts.
Li, Jin and Michael Powell. 2017. Multilateral Interactions Improve Cooperation Under Random Fluctuations.
Li, Jin, Pak Hung and Yuk-fai Fong. 2011. Reputation Turnaround Through Voluntary Ownership and Management Turnover.
Li, Jin. 2013. A Theory of Wage Distribution and Dynamics with Assignment and Pareto Learning.
Fong, Yuk-fai and Jin Li. 2012. Relational Contracts, Efficiency Wage, and Employment Dynamics.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Labor economics, contract theory, and organizational economics
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Strategy and Organization (STRT-452-0)
This course was formerly known as MGMT 452
This course focuses on the link between organizational structure and strategy, making heavy use of the microeconomic tools taught in MECN-430. The core question students address is how firms should be organized to achieve their performance objectives. The first part of the course takes the firm's activities as given and studies the problem of organizational design; topics may include incentive pay, decentralization, transfer pricing, and complementarities. The second part examines the determinants of a firm's boundaries and may cover such topics as outsourcing, horizontal mergers, and strategic commitment.