Zhen Lian

Zhen Lian

Ph.D. Candidate

Cornell University/Cornell Tech

zl458 at cornell.edu

About me

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Cornell in SC Johnson Graduate School of Management. I am currently based at Cornell Tech in NYC, where I am very fortunate to work with Garrett van Ryzin and Li Chen. Before joining Cornell, I obtained my bachelor’s degree at Peking University in Beijing, China.

I am interested in the economic decisions and welfare impacts in the gig economy, with a special focus in ridesharing. In summer 2020, I was a research science intern at Lyft Marketplace Labs working on designing and evaluating novel pricing models that address the low driver utilization issue during the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Ride-sharing platforms
  • Gig economy
  • Smart-city transportation
  • Market design
  • Responsible supply chain


  • PhD in Operations Management, 2016 - Present

    Cornell University

  • BA in Economics, 2011 - 2014

    Peking University

  • BS in Chemistry, 2010 - 2014

    Peking University

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