Lin Tian

Lin Tian is an assistant professor of economics at INSEAD. Her research interests include international trade, economic geography, urban economics, and public finance.

Content by Lin Tian
  • Blog post

    Strategic or confused? Firm behaviour and missing millions in Uganda’s VAT

    A quarter of Ugandan firms appear to consistently make costly mistakes, with potentially far-reaching consequences for theory and policy design Economists usually assume that firms behave rationally – they maximise after-tax profits given some constraints. But do they really? There is growing evidence that firms don’t always behave as standard models predict. For...

    23 Feb 2022 | Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort, Justine Knebelmann, Lin Tian

  • Project

    Trade shocks and production networks in Uganda

    The structure of firm networks matters. Given a certain network structure, it influences the amount of value created in an economy and determines an economy’s resilience to shocks. However, the structure is also likely to be endogenous to economic policy decisions. As such, it is difficult to disentangle the causal effect of a given network and the formation of that...

    4 Dec 2019 | Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort, Lin Tian, Alan Griffith