Wanying (Kate) Huang

About me

Hi, and welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the California Institute of Technology, advised by Omer Tamuz. My research interests lie in the field of microeconomic theory, with a specific focus on information and social learning.

I will be on the job market during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Email: whhuang@caltech.edu

Curriculum Vitae

I received my Bachelor of Economics (with First Class Honors) from the University of Queensland in 2018, advised by Priscilla Man and Jeffrey Kline. Prior to that, I studied Economics at Shandong University.

Wanying Huang


Working Papers

  • Learning about Informativeness (Job Market Paper)
  • Abstract: We study whether individuals can learn the informativeness of their information technology through social learning. As in the classic sequential social learning model, rational agents arrive in order and make decisions based on the past actions of others and their private signals. There is uncertainty regarding the informativeness of the common signal-generating process. We show that learning in this setting is not guaranteed, and depends crucially on the relative tail distributions of private beliefs induced by uninformative and informative signals. We identify the phenomenon of perpetual disagreement as the cause of learning and provide a characterization of learning in the canonical Gaussian environment.

  • The Emergence of Fads in a Changing World


Work in Progress

  • Social Learning in Lung Transplant Decisions, with Laura Doval, Federico Echenique and Yi Xin


Teaching Assistant at Caltech

  • Mathematics (Ma 3/103) -- Introduction to Probability and Statistics

  • Economics (EC 11) -- Introduction to Economics

  • Economics (EC 105) -- Firms, Competition, and Industrial Organization