Prof. HSIEH Chih Sheng
Assistant Professor
Tel: (852) 3943-8006
Email: cshsieh@cuhk.edu.hk
Office Location: Room 911, Esther Lee Building
Home Page: https://sites.google.com/site/chihshenghsieh/  

BA (National Taiwan University)
MA (National Taiwan University)
Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)


Research Interest

Applied Econometrics
Labor Economics
Social Networks


Prof. Hsieh obtained his Ph.D. degree of Economics from the Ohio State University at 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  His research interests span over labor economics, health economics, and social networks. In particular, he works on endogenous selection issues inherited in social interaction studies. For example, when studying peer effect on school outcomes such as academic performances or health-related behaviors, e.g., smoking, drinking, etc., based on school friendships, the estimate of peer effect will be upward biased because students self-choose their friends. To correct this bias, he proposes a latent variable approach to control individual unobservables which affect both friendship decisions as well as school outcomes. The simulation and empirical results show that this latent variable approach is effective in removing the bias. Besides, he also studies empirical network formation. He develops an empirical network formation model to accommodate various important features from observed network data, such as homophily in characteristics, behaviors, as well as link dependence. He applies the model to study formation of students' friendship networks and firms' R&D networks.



  • “A Social Interactions Model with Endogenous Friendship Formation and Selectivity,” (with Lung Fei Lee), Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2016, vol.31,No.2, 301-319.
  • "How central are clients in sexual networks created by commercial sex?'' (with Jaromir Kovarik and Trevon Logan), Scientific Reports 4, 2014.
  • “Generalized Moment Tests for Autoregressive Conditional duration Models” (with Yi -Ting Chen), Journal of Financial Econometrics, 2010, Vol.8, No.3, 345-391.
  • “On The Regime Switching Behavior of Taiwan Real GNP Growth Rate” (with Yi -Ting Chen), Academia Economic Papers, 34, 41-91. (In Chinese)

Working Papers

  • "Smoking Initiation: Peers and Personality" coauthored with Hans van Kippersluis, 2016 (revised and resubmitted)
  • "Network Based Targeting: Modeling The Consumer Behavior Within A Network", coauthored with Mandy Hu and Jamie Jia, 2016 (revised and resubmitted)
  • "Network Formation with Local Complements and Global Substitutes: The Case of R&D Networks", coauthored with Michael Konig and Xiaodong Liu, 2016 (submitted)
  • “Specification and Estimation of Network Formation and Network Interaction Models with the Exponential Probability Distribution” (with Lung Fei Lee), 2016.
  • “Gender and Racial Peer Effects with Endogenous Network Formation”, coauthored with Xu Lin, 2016

Research in Progress

  • “Accounting for Altruistic Preferences in Social Interaction Models”
  • “Social Interactions Models with Random Peer Effect and Network Heterogeneity” (with Stanley Ko)
  • “The Sexual Network: Economic Network Analysis of Male Sex Work” (with Trevon Logan)
  • “The Implications of Applying Population Weights to Social Network Data” (with Trevon Logan)

Awards and Honours

  • RGC early career scheme grant 2015/16, Hong Kong, Autumn 2015.
  • Direct Grant for Research 2013/14, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2013
  • Craig Research Award, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, Summer 2011
  • GS Maddala Prize in Econometrics, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, 2011
  • L. Edwin Smart Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching Awards, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, 2011