Bo Hu

PhD candidate in Economics at VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute

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Welcome to Bo Hu's Pages

I am a PhD candidate in Economics at VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute, under the supervision of Makoto Watanabe and Pieter Gautier. I expect to complete my PhD in September 2017. My research interests are in applied and theoretical labor economics and industrial organization, particularly in labor search and consumer search.

For more information, please see my Curriculum Vitae.

Working Papers

Market-making middlemen, with Pieter Gautier and Makoto Watanabe, August 2016. [Paper] [Slides]

Why intermediaries are of different structures? For example, eBay is a pure platform while Amazon combines a platform and its inventory. How is this related to the market competition? Could this be a pattern that is consistent across intermediaries of different markets --- goods markets, financial markets, real estate market?

Work in progress

Competing Market-making Middlemen

State Owned Firms and Labor Market Equilibrium
People are longing for job stability, and indeed there is such a sector that provides this --- the state owned enterprises (SOEs). But this sector crowds out efficient firms and brings instability to the general workers, as we identify in the structure model.

Executive Compensation and Search Frictions
Why executives/CEOs are compensated so differently among firms of different sizes? Other than traditional theories such as asymmetric information or rent extraction, is there an explanation that search frictions can contribute?


I worked as a teaching assistant for: Game Theory (2012, PhD course, Tinbergen Institute), Directed search (2016, PhD course, Tinbergen Institute), Microeconomics (2013 - 2015, 3rd year Bachelor course, VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College).


I presented my work at Symposium in Hornor of Jean Tirole, Den Haag, Dec 2014; Search and Matching workshop, Bristol, Mar 2015; Search and Matching Annual Conference, Aix-en-Provence, May 2015; EARIE, Munich, July 2015; Search and Matching Annual Conference, Amsterdam, May 2016.

Other activities

Co-organize the Search and Matching Annual Conference 2016. You can find the conference website that I designed:

Contact me

Address: Department of Economics, FEWEB VU University of Amsterdam DeBoelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands