Qingqing Chen

Qingqing Chen
  • Applied Economics Doctoral Student

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    300 Vance Hall
    3733 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia PA 19104


Past Courses


    This course will introduce you to "managerial economics" which is the application of microeconomic theory to managerial decision-making. Microeconomic theory is a remarkably useful body of ideas for understanding and analyzing the behavior of individuals and firms in a variety of economic settings. The goal of the course is for you to understand this body of theory well enough so that you can effectively analyze managerial (and other) problems in an economic framework. While this is a "tools" course, we will cover many real-world applications, particularly business applications, so that you can witness the usefulness of these tools and acquire the skills to use them yourself. We will depart from the usual microeconomic theory course by giving more emphasis to prescription: What should a manager do in order to achieve some objective? That course deliverable is to compare with description: Why do firms and consumers act the way they do? The latter will still be quite prominent in this course because only by understanding how other firms and customers behave can a manager determine what is beswt for him or her to do. Strategic interaction is explored both in product markets and auctions. Finally, the challenges created by asymmetric information - both in the market and within the firm - are investigated.


    Public goods, externalities, uncertainty, and income redistribution as sources of market failures; private market and collective choice models as possible correcting mechanisms. Microeconomic theories of taxation and public sector expenditures. The administration and organization of the public sector.


Whither the Ping-pong Table? Which Perks Matter Most to Employees

Perks can serve as an important signal about a company’s culture and what it stands for -- but they have to be done the right way.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/10/22
Why Tax Changes Are Hurting the Housing Market

U.S. home prices are falling as the market absorbs the 2017 Tax Act changes. Meanwhile, other factors are hampering the housing market and point to a potential recession ahead, experts say.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/10/22
The Real Policy Wonks: How Economists Reshaped America

A new book from journalist Binyamin Appelbaum shows how economists evolved from overlooked number-crunchers to powerful influencers who reshaped American policy.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/10/17