Chenyu Yang's research focuses on empirical industrial organization. He examines how market structure and market design drive innovation, product variety and efficiency in a variety of industries.



Vertical Structure and Innovation: A Study of the SoC and Smartphone Industries, The RAND Journal of Economics 51.3 (2020): 739-785.
(previously circulated as "Could Vertical Integration Increase Innovation?")
Competition, Product Proliferation and Welfare: A Study of the U.S. Smartphone Market, with Ying Fan, AEJ: Microeconomics 12.2 (2020): 99-134.
Unobserved Heterogeneity in Matching Games, with Jeremy Fox and David Hsu, Journal of Political Economy 126.4 (2018): 1339-1373.
A Simple Nonparametric Approach to Estimating the Distribution of Random Coefficients in Structural Models, with Jeremy Fox and Kyoo il Kim, Journal of Econometrics 195.2 (2016): 236-254.

Areas of Interest

  • Industrial Organization, Innovation, Market Design, Applied Econometrics


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Gustavus Adolphus College
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