Wenying Li

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

(334) 844-4953 



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305 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36879



  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • B.S., Renmin University of China


  • 2020-present: Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods – Auburn University


  • 2021: Outstanding AJAE Article Award, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
  • 2020: 1st Place in Job Market Paper Competition at 2020 SAEA Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY
  • 2015: Senior Statistician, Royal Statistical Society, UK


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


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.)



  • Cuffey, J., Lauren, C., Li, W., & Zhao, S. (Forthcoming). “Consumer Spending Patterns for Plant-Based Meat Alternatives” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (Special Issue on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives)
  • Li, W., Finkelstein, E. A, & Zhen, C. (2022). “Intended and Unintended Consequences of Salient Nutrition Labels” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 104 (2), 853-872.
  • He, M., Li, W., Via, B. K, & Zhang, Y. (2022). “Nowcasting of Lumber Futures Price with Google Trends Index Using Machine Learning and Deep Learning Models” Forest Products Journal, 73(1): 11-20 (SCI).
  • Li, W., & Dorfman, J. H. (2021). “Intrahousehold Economies of Scale with Application to Food Assistance and Work Incentive Programs” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 103(4), 1251-1267
  • He, M, Schmit, M., Li, W., & Zhang, Y. (2021). “Logging Industry in the United States: Employment, Firms, Technology, and Profitability” Forests, 12(12), 1720 (SCI).
  • Li, W., Zhen, C., & Dorfman, J. H. (2019). 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 (SCI/SSCI, 2020 Impact Factor: 7.05).