Wenying Li

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

(334) 844-4953 



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305 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • MS, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • BS, Renmin University of China


  • 2020 – Present, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods – Auburn University


  • 2020, 1st Place in Job Market Paper Competition at 2020 SAEA Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY
  • 2015, Senior Statistician, Royal Statistical Society, UK


  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)
  • Royal Statistical Society, UK (RSS)


For research, I integrate big data techniques into traditional econometrics methods to draw causal inferences and present a unique perspective of economic phenomena. Specifically, I estimate demand systems and household collective models using large household and retail scanner data.


  • AGEC 3200 – Quantitative Methods (Auburn, Undergraduate)
  • AGEC 7690 – Microeconometrics I (Auburn, Ph.D.)
  • AGEC 8690 – Microeconometrics II (Auburn, Ph.D.)


  • Li, W., Finkelstein, E. A, & Zhen, C. (Forthcoming). “Intended and unintended consequences of salient nutrition labels” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Li, W., & Dorfman, J. H. (Forthcoming). “Intrahousehold Economies of Scale with Application to Food Assistance and Work Incentive Programs” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Li, W., Zhen, C., & Dorfman, J. H. (2020) “Beauty burst during economic decline: an empirical test of the lipstick effect” Applied Economics, 52(25), 2694-270.
  • Li, W., & Dorfman, J. H. (2019). “The implications of heterogeneous habit in consumer beverage purchases on soda and sin taxes” Food Policy, 84, 111-120.
  • Li, W., Li, Y., & Dorfman, J. (2019). “Dynamically Changing Cattle Market Linkages with Supply-Side-Controlled Transitions” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 51(3), 472-484.
  • Finkelstein, E. A., Li, W., Melo, G., Strombotne, K., & Zhen, C. (2018). “Identifying the effect of shelf nutrition labels on consumer purchases: results of a natural experiment and consumer survey” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(4), 647-651.