• Han Ye

    Boston University

    Ph.D. Candidate in Economics 

    I am a doctoral student in economics at Boston University. My fields of concentration are public policy, labor economics and applied microeconomics. I have explored the effect of advance notification on displaced workers' labor market outcomes under the setting of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. I have worked on a project about incentive-based adaptive regulation in healthcare financing in developing countries.


    Currently, I am focusing on researching labor market behaviors of older workers in response to retirement policy reforms, in German context.



    Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Boston University, September 2012 till now.

    - Field of Interest: Labor Economics, Public Policy, Applied Microeconomics
    M.A. Economics, Boston University, 2012
    B.A. Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, 2007




    Funding for a Research Assistant, RA Mentor Program, Boston University, Spring 2015
    Summer Research Grant, Boston University, Summer 2014
    Research Assistant, Boston University, Spring, Summer 2011


    Complete CV for download


  • More things she is working on...

    Research projects

    The Labor Supply Effects of Unemployment Insurance for Older Workers (work in progress)

    Joint with Matthew Gudgeon, Johannes F. Schmieder and Simon Trenkle 


    Abstract: We study the labor supply effects of extending Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for older workers using German Social Security data and policy variation over 3 decades. Extensions of UI benefits can affect labor supply along two margins: it can lengthen the unemployment duration of an individual who is entering UI – the intensive margin – and it can alter the distribution of workers who are entering UI – the extensive margin. The extensive margin is particularly important for older workers in their 50s and 60s, who may use UI as a pathway into early retirement. We sho sharp bunching in UI inflows at various age discontinuities in UI eligibility for older workers, while for younger workers inflows into UI seem to be largely unaffected by UI generosity. We develop a simple model where a share of workers use UI as a pathway into retirement while others enter UI after regular lay-offs and choose their search intensity based on UI generosity. Using a combination of Regression Discontinuity and Bunching techniques, we estimate both intensive and extensive margin responses and back out the necessary model parameters to do counterfactual policy simulations.


    Global Health Donors Viewed as Regulators of Monopolistic Service Providers: Lessons from Regulatory Literature 

    Controlling healthcare costs while promoting maximum health impact in the recipient countries is one the biggest challenges for global health donors. This paper views global health donors as the regulators of monopolistic service providers, and explores potential optimal fund payment systems under asymmetric information. It provides a summary and assessment of the prevailing optimal price regulation designs for monopolistic service providers. A set of non-Bayesian approaches that are relevant and applicable for the global health donors are discussed. It also reviews incentive contracting experience between the public and private sectors.


    Full Paper (CGD working paper 424)

    Online Appendix

    CGD final report: aligning incentives

    The effect of advance notification: evidence from WARN act

    Mandatory advance notice of the impeding job loss in the event of plant closings and mass layoffs is one the government interventions to provide displaced workers separation protections. This paper evaluates the impact of advance notice on the employment prospects of the displaced workers using propensity-score matching method. The sample is obtained from the displaced worker supplement to the Current Population Surveys in the 1998 to 2008 decade. The estimation suggests workers received written notice two months before the layoffs are 5% less likely to become unemployment insurance (UI) claimants. However, advance notice has no significant effect on the UI exhaustion rate. The results are robust to sensitivity analysis of the conditional Independence assumption when the selection is negative. However, a modest positive selection into advance notice assignment halves the estimated ATT on reducing unemployment incidence.


    Link to full paper upon request

  • Teaching Assistant

    (EC501,EC356, EC325, EC371)

    Some reading materials for students who take EC356, EC325, and EC371.

    EC501 Intermediate Microeconomics (Master level)

    EC356, EC325 Labor Economics, Poverty and Discrimination

    EC371 Environmental Economics



    Link to EC501 TA session slides (password needed)



    Casual Readings:

    The end of the population pyramid- The economists (Dec 20th, 2014) [population pyramid]


    In search of lost time: Why is everyone so busy?- The economists (Dec 20th, 2014) [value of leisure]


    Poverty and education -Michigan University

    The power and pitfall of Education incentives -Allan and Fryer 2011


    Particulate Matter Matters - by Dominici, Greenstone and Sunstein 2014 [pollution]


    General Equilibrium- by David H. Autor (MIT lecture note)


    Journal Articles:

    Behavioral Responses to Taxes: Lessons from the EITC and Labor Supply- Eissa and Hoynes, 2006 [EITC]


  • Useful links


    Are you ready for the PhD program?

    Resources for Economics PhD Students -LSE

    Beautiful Mind- Albert Ma, BU - A must read for all PhD students in Economics!

    Getting a Ph.D. in Economics -Stuart J. Hillmon

    A guide for the young economist - William Thomson


    Where are the data sets?

    Data on China- Princeton


    Things to keep in mind when doing empirical works:

    Understanding ITT and TOT -Kevin Lang, BU


    How to be take notes?

    An interesting article from Quaro:



    How should we think of Behavioral Economics?

    Behavioral Economics and Public Policy: A Pragmatic Perspective -Raj Chetty

    American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2015








  • Boston University

    Department of Economics

    B07, 270 Bay State Road,

    Boston MA 02215