Xiang is a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University.
Xiang’s research is empirically oriented and encompasses topics in the economics of digitization, industrial organization, and international trade. He is particularly interested in the market design of peer-to-peer platforms, such as the design of reputation systems on these platforms. Another branch of Xiang’s research investigates how information technology affects international trade and ways to increase the efficiency of IT-enabled trade. This work also has implications for the growth and development of smaller firms in the economy.