Contact Information

Jacobs Center Suite 626
2001 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208


Cell: 847-373-8457




Min Ren

Ph.D. Candidate

Management and Strategy Department

Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Strategy (Expected), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2014

M.A. in Economics, China Center for Economics Research, Peking University, China, 2008

B.A. in Economics, Renmin University of China, China, 2005


Curriculum Vitae

Job Market Paper

"When Big Data Meets Life Sciences: Data Reporting Standards and Innovation"

Cumulative innovation is a driving force of economic growth. Access costs, the time and effort scientists need to devote to understand existing knowledge, may potentially hinder new innovation. I examine the effect of a decrease in access costs resulting from the adoption of a data reporting standard -- Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment (MIAME) -- on subsequent life sciences research. I take advantage of a natural experiment to implement a difference-in-differences estimate of MIAME on subsequent use of data in journal publications. The results show that microarray data submitted after a journal adopts MIAME is at least 50 percent more likely to be reused. Overall, the evidence suggests that the decline of access costs due to data reporting standards is important for the accumulation of knowledge in the life sciences.

Other Papers and Work in Progress

"Patent Litigation and Direction of Innovation: Evidence from the Courts", 2013

“Information Transparency in the Mutual Fund Market”, 2011

Research Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Economics of Innovation, Industrial Organization

Prof. Benjamin Jones (Chair)
Prof. Shane Greenstein
Prof. Meghan Busse



Kellogg School of Management
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-2800