Runjing Lu

Runjing Lu' research is in finance and behavioral economics and focuses on how political and social media sentiment as well as government policies affect markets and households. Her research has been published in leading journals such as American Economic Review: Insights and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. She received UC San Diego Teaching Awards in 2017 and 2018. She has a PhD in Economics from UC San Diego and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Emory University. She is now an Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Alberta.

Innovators Respond to Their Presidential Candidate Winning With More Innovation

Does an inventor’s political identity influence their productivity? In a new paper, Joseph Engelberg, Runjing Lu, William Mullins, and Richard Townsend examine the impacts of the 2008 and 2016 United States presidential elections on Democrat and Republican inventors, with a particular focus on the quantity and quality of patents after the country elects a new president.

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