Ernest K. Lai, Ph.D., holds the Class of '61 Professorship


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, B.B.A. (Econ.)
The University of Hong Kong, M.Econ.
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Game Theory
Experimental Economics

Professor Lai joined the Department of Economics at Lehigh University in 2009 after obtaining his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. A native of Hong Kong, Professor Lai is a game theorist and experimentalist. His research focuses on using the tools of game theory and laboratory experiments to study strategic communication.


  • "Meaning and Credibility in Experimental Cheap-Talk Games" (with Wooyoung Lim), Quantitative Economics, Forthcoming.
  • "Coordination via Correlation: An Experimental Study" (with John Duffy and Wooyoung Lim), Economic Theory, 64 (2017), 265-304.
  • "An Experimental Analysis of Multidimensional Cheap Talk" (with Wooyoung Lim and Joseph Tao-yi Wang), Games and Economic Behavior, 91 (2015), 114-144.
  • "Expert Advice for Amateurs," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 103 (2014), 1-16.
  • "Authority and Communication in the Laboratory" (with Wooyoung Lim), Games and Economic Behavior, 74 (2012), 541-560.

Working Papers

  • "Strategic Information Transmission: A Survey of Experiments and Theoretical Foundations" (with Andreas Blume and Wooyoung Lim)
  • "Eliciting Private Information with Noise: The Case of Randomized Response" (with Andreas Blume and Wooyoung Lim)
  • "The Informational Theory of Legislative Committees: An Experimental Analysis" (with Marco Battaglini, Wooyoung Lim, and Joseph Tao-yi Wang)


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