About Me Ph.D. Candidate in Economics (Job Market Candidate)

J Lin

I am an Economics PhD student at UM. My primary research field is International Economics, particularly International Trade. My research, thus far, has focused on theoretical and empirical studies of the effects of intellectual property rights on firm export behavior and the composition of international trade. Other research interests include international technology spillovers, policy uncertainty in trade, international relative price discrepancies and the trade balance effect of exchange rate fluctuations. I have also worked with several economics faculty members on projects covering economic growth, credit crises and optimal financial regulation.

I am a US citizen, originally from Fremont, CA. I obtained my Bachelor's degrees from UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Economics and Business Administration. During undergrad, I spent one year abroad at the London School of Economics, where I studied Economics and Law. I then got my MA in International and Development Economics at Yale, before starting my PhD in 2008 at the University of Michigan. During my PhD, I have been fortunate enough to be a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, University of Oxford and Universität Tübingen in Germany, as well as take part in the Fund Intern Program at the International Monetary Fund.

Research Interests

International trade, international macroeconomics, IO, financial economics


I am currently on the economics job market for Fall 2013. My job market paper can be found under the Research tab.


My favorite hobbies are writing short stories, playing table tennis, making music and traveling. I also have a love of languages and speak English, Mandarin Chinese and German, along with a basic reading knowledge of French.