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Department of Economics
Professor ZHANG, Tianle

Professor ZHANG Tianle

BSc (Sun Yat-sen); MSc (HKUST); PhD (Colorado)
  • Professor, Department of Economics, Lingnan University
  • Director, Centre for Competition Policy and Regulation

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Professor Tianle Zhang is a Professor at the Department of Economics and the Director of Centre for Competition Policy and Regulation (CCPR) at Lingnan University. His research areas include Industrial Organization and Competition Policy. Professor Zhang has published in academic journals including American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Management Science, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and International Journal of Industrial Organization. Professor Zhang has received several research grants from the HKSAR Government and has been an associate editor of International Journal of Industrial Organization since 2018.


1.General Research Fund(GRF) - "Consumer Data, Pivacy and Search", AY2022-23

2.ZHANG Tinale, with Lok Sang Ho, Chun Tak Kwok, Kam Pui Wat, Francisco T.T. Lai and Spencer Li,  “Financing Orphan Drugs through a Blockchain-supported Insurance Model", Frontiers in Blockchain,  2022, Vol. 5.

3.ZHANG Tinale, with Ping Lin, "Product Liability, Multidimensional R&D and Innovation", Journal of Economics, 2022 Vol. 136, p.25–45.

4.ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen and Zhuozheng Li, "Experience Goods and Consumer Search" , American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2022, Vol. 14 (3), pp.591-621.

5.ZHANG Tinale, with Yucheng Ding, "Advance Selling Programs: When to Introduce and What to Inform Consumers", Managerial and Decision Economics,2022, Vol. 43 (3), pp.779-790.

6.ZHANG Tinale, with Ping Lin and Wen Zhou, "Vertical Integration and Disruptive Cross-market R&D", Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2020, Vol. 29 (1), p. 51-73.

7.ZHANG Tinale, with Yucheng Ding, "Price-directed Consumer Search", International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2018, Vol. 58 p.106-135.

8.ZHANG Tinale, with  Yongmin Chen, "Intermediaries and Consumer Search", International Journal of Industrial Organization, (EARIE Special Issue),2018, Vol. 57, p.255-277.

9.ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen, "Entry and Welfare in Search Markets" , Economic Journal, 2018, Vol. 128, p.55-88. 

10.ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen, "Interpersonal Bundling", Management Science, 2015, Vol. 61, pp.1456-1471.

11.ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen, "Equilibrium Price Dispersion with Heterogeneous Searchers", International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2011, Vol. 29, pp.645-654.

12. ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen and Shiyuan Pan, "Patentability, R&D Direction, and Cumulative Innovation", International Economic Review, 2018, Vol. 59, 1969-1993.

13. ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen and Shiyuan Pan, “(When) Do Stronger Patents Increase Continual Innovation?”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization,  2014, Vol. 98, p.115–124. 

14.ZHANG Tinale, “Patenting in the Shadow of Independent Discoveries by Rivals.” International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2012, Vol. 30, 41-49.
15.ZHANG Tinale, with Lok Sang Ho, “Tax Reform for a Fairer, More Vibrant Economy", Modern Economy,  2016,  Vol. 07, 881-893.



Selected Working Papers and Work-in-progress

1. ZHANG Tinale, with Yongmin Chen and Zhuozheng Li, "Consumer Search with Repeated Purchase", working paper, 2021.

2. ZHANG Tinale, with  Yiran Cao, Yongmin Chen and Yucheng Ding, "Search and Competition in Expert Markets", 2022, working paper.

3.ZHANG Tinale, with Yiran Cao and Ping Lin, "Killer Acquisition in vertically related industries", Working paper, 2022. 

4. ZHANG Tinale,with Yongmin Chen, and Michael Riordan, " Security and Connectivity" , work-in-progress.


  1. CLA9010 Social Problem Solving and Decision Making in the Modern World
  2. IBF621 Behavioural Finance
  3. IDE518 Industrial Economic and Policy

Contact Information

Address: WYL225, 2/F, Dorothy Y. L. Wong Building, Lingnan University
Phone: (852) 2616 7202
Fax: (852) 2891 7940