About Me

Dr. Sherry Li is an Associate Professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT-Dallas. Her research is primarily experimental and behavioral, in areas of broadly defined public economics, labor economics and organizational design. Her current research has two streams. In the first, she draws on theories and methods from economics and psychology to study how social identity affects individual decision-making and preferences, for example, social preferences, trust, cooperation, market transactions, contributions to public goods, and tax attitudes. In the second, she studies whether and how individuals contribute to support public goods. Her teaching interests include experimental economics, behavioral economics, public economics, and microeconomics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2006. Her research on social identity has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Communication and Visibility in Public Goods Provision (Ernan Haruvy, Sherry X. Li, Kevin McCabe, and Peter Twieg). Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming. (PDF)
Common Identity and the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods: An Experimental Investigation (Sherry X. Li, Angela C. M. de Oliveira, and Catherine Eckel). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 142, 2017: 32-46. (PDF)
Identity and Social Exclusion: An Experiment with Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S. (Natalia Candelo Londono, Rachel Croson, and Sherry X. Li). Experimental Economics, Vol. 20(2), 2017: 460-480. (PDF)
Directed Giving Enhances Voluntary Giving to Government (Sherry X. Li, Catherine Eckel, Phil Grossman, and Tara Brown). Economics Letters, Vol. 133, 2015: 51-54. (PDF)
Social Identity and Inequality: The Impact of China's Hukou System (Farzana Afridi, Sherry X. Li, and Yufei Ren). Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 123, March 2015: 17-29.(PDF, Online Appendices)
Which Hat to Wear? Impact of Natural Identities on Coordination and Cooperation (Yan Chen, Sherry X. Li, Tracy Xiao Liu, and Margaret Shih). Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 84, issue C, 2014: 58-86.(PDF)
Giving to Government: Voluntary Taxation in the Lab (Sherry X. Li, Catherine Eckel, Philip Grossman, and Tara L. Brown). Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 95, October 2011: 1190-1201. (PDF) (Supplemental Material: including experimental instructions and survey)
Social Distance in a Virtual World Experiment (Marina Fiedler, Ernan Haruvy, and Sherry X. Li). Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 72, No. 2, June 2011: 400-426. (PDF)
Profits, Layoffs and Priorities (Daniel Arce and Sherry X. Li). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 101, No. 1, 2011: 49-60. ( PDF)
Group Identity in Markets (Sherry X. Li, Kutsal Dogan, and Ernan Haruvy). International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 29, No. 1, January 2011, 104-115.( PDF)
Social Comparisons and Contributions to Online Communities: A Field Experiment on MovieLens (Yan Chen, F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph Konstan, and Sherry X. Li). American Economic Review, Vol 100, No. 4, September 2010: 1358-1398.(PDF)
Social Identities, Ethnic Diversity, and Tax Morale (Sherry X. Li). Public Finance Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, March 2010: 146-177.(PDF)
Group Identity and Social Preferences (Yan Chen and Sherry X. Li). American Economic Review, Vol. 99, No. 1, March 2009: 431-457.(PDF) (Data) (Supplemental Material: including experimental instructions and survey)
Online Fund-Raising Mechanisms: A Field Experiment (Yan Chen, Sherry X. Li, and Jeffrey MacKie-Mason). The B.E. Journals: Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2006. (PDF: instruction in appendix)

Research Papers

Group Identity in Infinitely Repeated Games (Sherry X. Li and Tracy Xiao Liu).
Social Distance and Technology Sharing between Trainers and Trainees: A Field Experiment (Sherry X. Li, Shengzhe Wang, and Shuo Yang).
Punishment in Groups (Sherry X. Li and Shuo Yang).

Contact Info

E-mail: [email protected]
Office Phone: (972) 883-4987
Fax: (972) 883-6486
Office: GR 2.514 (Green Hall)

Mail Adtress:
Sherry Li
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road, M/S GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021