Kathleen T. Li

Kathleen T. Li
  • Class of 2018

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    727.7 Jon M. Hunstman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street University of Pennsylvania
    Phildelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Econometrics, Causal Inference, Online vs. Offline Channels, Digital Marketing, Synthetic Control Methods, Bootstrap Methods

Links: CV


Kathleen is a Wharton Marketing doctoral candidate and quantitative modeler whose research interests are both methodological and substantive. The methodological stream of her research includes developing and improving econometric methods for policy evaluation, and the asymptotic theory necessary for inference. The substantive stream of her research lies in emergent consumer behavior on the Internet and its interaction with offline environment, and how this affects patterns of demand for different products. Both research streams are reflected in her dissertation titled “Three Essays on Estimating Average Treatment Effects in Quasi-Experimental Panel Data.”  Her research has been published in the Journal of Econometrics.

She received a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics from Rice University.

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  • Kathleen Li, Inference for Factor Model Based Average Treatment Effects.

  • Kathleen Li (Working), Statistical Inference for Average Treatment Effects Estimated by Synthetic Control Methods.

  • Kathleen Li and David Bell (Working), Augmented Difference-in-Differences: Estimation and Inference of Average Treatment Effects.

  • Kathleen Li and David Bell (2017), Estimation of average treatment effects with panel data: Asymptotic theory and implementation, Journal of Econometrics , 197, pp. 65-75.



Intermediate Business Analysis (Undergrad)
Economics Department, College of Business Administration
Sam Houston State University, Aug 2015 – May 2016

Teaching Assistant:

Pricing Policy (Executive MBA, Undergraduate)
Professor Jagmohan S. Raj, Professor Z. John Zhang
University of Pennsylvania, Feb – May 2017, Aug – Dec 2013

Marketing Research (Undergraduate)
Professor Jehoshua Eliashberg
University of Pennsylvania, Aug- Dec 2013

Models for Marketing Strategy (Undergraduate)
Professor Jehoshua Eliashberg
University of Pennsylvania, Aug – Dec 2013

Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate)
Professor James N. Brown
Rice University, Jan 2009 – May 2011

Awards and Honors

Wharton Marketing Graduate Fellowship (2011-2014, 2016-present)

INFORMS Doctoral Consortium Fellow (2017)

NSF Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Awardee (2011)

Duckworth Fellowship Nominee (2013)

Rice University Roy Trustee Distinguished Scholarship (2007-2011)

President’s Honor Roll (2007-2010)

Phi Beta Kappa (2011-present)

SACNAS Conference Travel Scholarship (2009)

BP America Economics and Trading Scholarship (2008, awarded $10,000)

Jackie Schnell Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Service (2008)       

National Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (2007) –
one female and one maleselected in the US each year based on seven math and science AP exams


    Latest Research

    Kathleen Li, Inference for Factor Model Based Average Treatment Effects.
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