Ying-Ying Lee, economics assistant professor, studies welfare effects of tuition subsidy programs. In particular, she develops an econometric model that allows for more accurate inference using interval-valued income. She finds teenagers in India given a hypothetical tuition subsidy will have a much higher probability of attending college. From the welfare analysis, she finds that the tuition subsidy is equivalent to a 10-13 percent increase in income in the sense that the teenagers at the higher income and original tuition would be as happy as they are at the original income and lower subsidized tuition.



Lee joined the UCI faculty this fall following a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oxford. The collaborative research environment at the Irvine campus was a big draw, she says.

Her expertise includes econometric theory and empirical microeconomics. She has published work in Econometrics and presented findings at academic conferences around the globe.

She earned her bachelor’s in physics and MBA in financial engineering at National Taiwan University. She completed her master’s and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s served as a lecturer and teaching assistant at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oxford.


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