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Ernest K. Lai

Department of Economics: Assistant Professor

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, B.B.A. (Econ.)
  • The University of Hong Kong, M.Econ.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.

Professor Lai joined the Department of Economics at Lehigh University in 2009 after obtaining his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. A native of Hong Kong, Professor Lai is a game theorist and experimentalist. His research focuses on using the tools of game theory and laboratory experiments to study communication.

Research Interests
  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
Selected Publications and Working Papers
  • "Expert Advice for Amateurs," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 103 (2014), 1-16.
  • "Authority and Communication in the Laboratory" (with Wooyoung Lim), Games and Economic Behavior, 74 (2012), 541-560.
  • "Eliciting Private Information with Noise: The Case of Randomized Response" (with Andreas Blume and Wooyoung Lim)
  • "Experimental Implementations and Robustness of Fully Revealing Equilibria in Multidimensional Cheap Talk" (with Wooyoung Lim and Joseph Tao-yi Wang)
  • "Language and Coordination: An Experimental Study" (with John Duffy and Wooyoung Lim)
  • "Meaning and Credibility in Experimental Cheap-Talk Games" (with Wooyoung Lim)
Office Information

Office: RBC 426
Phone: 610-758-5726
Fax: 610-758-4677

Courses Taught
  • ECO 146 Applied Microeconomics
  • ECO 395 Experimental and Behavioral Economics
  • ECO 413 Advanced Microeconomics Analysis (Ph.D.)
  • ECO 414 Advanced Topics in Microeconomics (Ph.D.) 
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