Mo Xiao

Professor of Economics
Eller Fellow

McClelland Hall 401DD
1130 East Helen Street 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108 


Areas of Expertise

Applied microeconomics
Industrial Organization


  • ECON 460 Industrial Organization
  • ECON 696Q Empirical Methods in Industrial Organization

Current Research

Mo Xiao's research applies microeconomic theory and econometrics to analyze various issues concerning firm behavior and market operation. She has worked on topics concerning firms' strategic provision of information and the impact of public policies on firms' entry, exit and quality choices. Her most recent research is on entry and competition in the U.S. telecommunication market.

Recent Working Papers

  • “Transitory Shocks, Limited Attention, and a Firm’s Decision to Exit,” with Avi Goldfarb.
  • “Endogeneity in Discrete Bayesian Games: U.S. Cellphone Service Deployment,” with Zhongjian Lin and Xun Tang.

Selected Publications

  • “License Complementarity and Package Bidding: U.S. Spectrum Auctions,” with Zhe Yuan, accepted, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2021.
  • “Privatization and Productivity in China,” with Yuyu Chen, Mitsuru Igami, and Masayuki Sawada, accepted, the RAND Journal of Economics, 2021.
  • “Competition and Subsidies in the Deregulated U.S. Local Telephone Industry,” with Ying Fan, the RAND Journal of Economics, 2015, 46(4), 751-776.
  • "Who Thinks about the Competition: Managerial Ability and Strategic Entry in US Local Telephone Markets," with Avi Goldfarb, American Economic Review, 2011, 101(7), 3130-3161.
  • “The Impact of Regulation on Supply and Quality of Care in the Childcare Market,” (with V. Joseph Hotz), American Economic Review, 2011, 101(5), 1775-1805.


  • PhD in Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003