Dr. WOO Wai-chiu
Tel: (852) 3943-8234
Email: wcwoo@cuhk.edu.hk
Office Location: Room 1003, Esther Lee Building

PhD (Monash)

Research Interest

Social status-seeking under imperfect market
Social choice theory of paternalism
Economics education


Dr. Woo teaches macroeconomics, public finance and welfare economics at CUHK. He also conducts researches, currently in three major areas (i) social status-seeking under imperfect market, (ii) social choice theory of paternalism, and (iii) economics education.

One of the aspects of teaching that he enjoys most is that he can present a proof of Arrow’s impossibility theorem in classroom to his students with a set of graphs that he constructed. He has also worked on a research project exploring how graphical methods can be used to improve presentation in, and help the understanding of, social choice theory.



  • Woo, W. C. (2011). Status and welfare under monopolistic competition. Social Choice and Welfare, 36(2), 227-239.
  • Woo, W. C. (2012). Inverted U-shaped conformism: An economic model of endogenous responses to the Joneses. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 41(1), 31-36.
  • Woo, W. C. (2013). Social inefficiency of free entry with status effects. Journal of Public Economic Theory, 15(2), 229-248.
  • Woo, W. C. (2016). Status goods and market powers. German Economic Review, 17(1): 26-35.
  • Woo, W. C. (2016). Quantity versus variety: Which aspect does status-seeking promote?. International Review of Economics, 63(2), 93-106 (lead article).
  • Woo, W. C. (2017). The way we teach public economics: a rationalization by the theory of third best. Pacific Economic Review, forthcoming.

Works in progress

  • Graphical representations of proofs in social choice theory
  • A social choice theory of paternalism