About Me

About Me

Welcome to the professional profile of Richeng Piao, an economist, data analyst, and AI enthusiast with a profound background in both empirical research and academia. My career is a blend of advanced data analysis and passionate teaching in the realms of economics and technology. Specializing in developing sophisticated empirical economic models, I apply statistical and algebraic techniques to unravel complex data patterns, providing insights that influence impactful business and economic decisions.

My current research delves into the intricacies of Airbnb’s pricing strategies and their broader market implications, reflecting my interest in how AI reshapes economic frameworks, especially within the Israeli context. This investigation complements my teaching endeavors, where I bring theoretical and practical aspects of game theory, econometrics, statistics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics to life for my students.

In the classroom, I am committed to translating complex economic theories into comprehensible concepts, ensuring a rich learning experience. My teaching philosophy focuses on engaging students in critical thinking and applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

I take pride in my organized, motivated, and diligent approach, underpinned by a significant academic and professional background in Economics and Econometrics. My ability to effectively utilize statistical and econometric techniques positions me as a critical thinker and a contributor of meaningful analysis and strategies in the economic domain.

Whether through collaborative research, policy analysis, teaching, or strategic consultancy, my goal is to deepen the understanding of economic phenomena in this era of AI and digital transformation. Together, let’s explore the economic landscape and uncover insights that can shape a more informed and efficient market.


Dr. James Dana 

(Committee Chair)
Professor of Economics and Strategy
Department of Economics
Northeastern University

Dr. Imke Reimers 

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Northeastern University

Dr. Gustavo Vicentini

Associate Teaching Professor of Economics; Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Economics
Northeastern University


Current and Future Works

Research 1: The New Age of Collusion? An Empirical Study into Airbnb’s Pricing Dynamics and Market Behavior 

Research 2: Integrating BLP Models with Machine Learning: A New Approach to Demographic Analysis from Consumer Reviews 

Research 3: Evolving Market Dynamics: Developing and Analyzing Pricing AI Agents in Competitive Settings 

P.hd Works

“Applications of Structural Demand Estimation to the Smartphone and Electric Automobile Industries”

“Quality, Variety, and Welfare: The U.S. Smartphone Market”, Job Market Paper

 “Fuel Prices, Federal Tax Credits, and the Welfare: A Case of the Electric”


University Instructor, Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Information Econ & Game Theory (2020Present)

Microeconomics Theory (2020Present)

Principles of Macroeconomics (2019Present)

Principles of Macroeconomics (2017 – Present)

Money and Banking (2016 – 2017)

Principles of Microeconomics (Summer 2014)

Recitation Instructor, Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Principles of Macroeconomics (2015 - 2016)

Principles of Microeconomics (2014 – 2016)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Mathematic for Economists (Spring 2014)

Intermediate Microeconomics (Fall 2013)

Intermediate of Macroeconomics (Fall 2013)

Statistics for Economics (Spring 2013)

The Principle of Microeconomics ( Spring 2013)

Development Economics (Fall 2012)

Economics of crime (Fall 2012)