Professor Ginger Zhe Jin started her new role as Director of Bureau of Economics at the FTC in January 2016, succeeding Francine Lafontaine. Professor Jin was born and received her earlier training in economics in China. She came to the U.S. for graduate study and earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. She then began her professional academic career at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she has been a Professor in the Department of Economics since 2012. In addition to fulfilling her teaching and student advisory responsibilities at UMD and serving as an editor for several economics journals, she has been actively involved in an initiative to build and publish a digitized nationwide database of food safety inspections of restaurants. She is a cofounder and chief data scientist of Hazel Analytics, a food safety inspection data gathering and analytics company, established in October 2014. The company is a direct outgrowth of research
Professor Jin and co-authors have conducted in the area of food safety inspections. As an empirical Industrial Organization economist, Professor Jin’s research is characterized by compelling questions, large and original datasets, and effective application of econometric techniques. A recurring theme in her research is the effect of correcting information asymmetriesamong economic agents. A majority of her published papers study the effect that information disclosure has on economic agents’ behavior and economic outcomes. This has direct application to the consumer protection activities of the FTC, which have the goal, among other things, of ensuring that companies provide consumers with accurate information. In the rest of the article we discuss her research broken down by industry.