Yuting Bai is a PhD student in the Department of Economics studying applied microeconomics. She is currently a TA for Introduction to Microeconomics (ECO 182)!
Why did you choose economics? Why did you choose your subfield?
YB: When Harry Potter was shopping for his first wand, the wand maker Mr. Ollivander told him “The wand chooses the wizard.” However, 7 years later, Harry learned that a wand does not just choose once: its allegiance is to whoever wins it. Now this begins to sound like equilibrium sorting. If you also find it cool to see economics in books you read, movies you watch, or games you play, then economics is definitely for you!
What research are you working on right now?
YB: I am currently working on an empirical analysis of the effects of having a sibling on one’s adult outcomes (education attainment, income, health, social life, etc).
What was your favorite class as an undergrad?
YB: Defense Against Dark Arts: Introduction to Econometrics