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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. His research focuses on using the tools of game theory and laboratory experiments to study communication.

Professor Lai worked in the private sector before he decided that academia is the right arena for him. Having his first job as a tax consultant at KPMG Hong Kong, Professor Lai holds the fellowship of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a British accountancy body.

Away from work, Professor Lai enjoys exercising with his sons, running, and practicing martial arts.

Research Interests
  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
Selected Publications and Working Papers
  • "Authority and Communication in the Laboratory (with Wooyoung Lim)
  • "Eliciting Private Information with Noise: The Case of Randomized Response" (with Andreas Blume and Wooyoung Lim)
  • "Expert Advice for Amateurs"
  • "Experimental Implementations and Robustness of Fully Revealing Equilibria in Multidimensional Cheap Talk" (with Wooyoung Lim and Joseph Tao-yi Wang)
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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