Curriculum Viate

Last Modified: July 2018 [pdf version].

Xianwen Shi (施 贤文)


Address: Department of Economics, 150 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G7
Phone: (416) 978-5105 (downtown), (905) 569-4719 (UTM)
Email: xianwen.shi[at]




2002-2007      Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University, Adviser: Dirk Bergemann
1996-1999      M.A. in Economics, Peking University, China
1992-1996      B.S. in Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, China


2018-            Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
2013-2018    Associate Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
2007-2013    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Toronto


"Discriminatory Information Disclosure," with Hao Li, American Economic Review 107(11), November 2017, 3363-3385.

"Optimal Voting Rules," with Alex Gershkov and Benny Moldovanu, Review of Economic Studies 84(2), April 2017, 688-717.

"Becker Meets Ricardo: Multisector Matching with Communication and Cognitive Skills," with Robert J. McCann, Aloysius Siow and Ronald Wolthoff, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 31(4), November 2015, 690-720.

"Academic Wages and Pyramid Schemes: A Mathematical Model," with Alice Erlinger, Robert J. McCann, Aloysius Siow, and Ronald Wolthoff, Journal of Functional Analysis 269(9), November 2015, 2709-2746.

"Level-k Reasoning in a Generalized Beauty Contest Game," with Dmitry Shapiro and Artie Zillante, Games and Economic Behavior, 86, July 2014, 308-329.

"Information Externalities and Intermediaries in Frictional Search Markets," with Aloysius Siow, Canadian Journal of Economics, November 2014.

"Specialization and Partisanship in Committee Search," with Benny Moldovanu, Theoretical Economics 8(3), September 2013, 751-774.

"On the Equivalence of Bayesian and Dominant Strategy Implementation," with Alex Gershkov, Jacob K. Goeree, Alexy Kushnir and Benny Moldovanu, Econometrica 81(1), January 2013, 197-220. It supercedes Gershkov, Moldovanu and Shi (2011).

"Optimal Auctions with Information Acquisition," Games and Economic Behavior 74(2), March 2012, 666-686.

"Carrots or Sticks: Prizes and Punishment in Contests," with Benny Moldovanu and Aner Sela, Economic Inquiry 50(2), April 2012, 453-462.

"Information Acquisition in Interdependent Value Auctions," with Dirk Bergemann and Juuso Valimaki, Journal of the European Economic Association 7(1), March 2009, 61-89.

"Market Segmentation: The Role of Opaque Travel Agencies," with Dmitry Shapiro, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 14(4), Winter 2008, 803-837

"Competing Auctions with Endogenous Quantities," with Benny Moldovanu and Aner Sela, Journal of Economic Theory 141(1), July 2008, 1-27.

"Contests for Status," with Benny Moldovanu and Aner Sela, Journal of Political Economy 115 (2), April 2007, 338-363.

"Liquidity Pools, Risk Sharing, and Financial Contagion," with Lawrence Saez, Journal of Financial Services Research 25(1), February 2004, 5-23.


"The Dimensions of Consensus," with Alex Gershkov and Benny Moldovanu, revised October 2017, R&R, Theoretical Economics.

"Auctions with Limited Commitment," with Qingmin Liu, Konrad Mierendorff and Weijie Zhong, revised May 2018, R&R, American Economic Review .

"Optimal Discriminatory Disclosure," with Yingni Guo and Hao Li, May 2018.


Dean's Metrit Award, 2010/11, 2016/17, 2017/18
SSHRC Insight Grant, "Topics in Mechanism Design," 2013-2018
SSHRC Standard Research Grant, "Bargaining, Experimentation, and Selection by Committee," 2011-2014
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, 2009-2010
SSHRC Standard Research Grant, "Contest Design with Punishment and Entry," 2008-2011
Connaught Start-Up Fund, University of Toronto, 2007
Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2007
Carl Arvid Anderson Prize Fellowship, Cowles Foundation, 2006
University Fellowship, Yale University, 2002-2006

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