Faculty & Research

Che-Lin Su (1974-2015)

Associate Professor of Operations Management

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Chicago, IL 60637

Che-Lin Su developed and applied computational methods to study applications that arise in operations management, economics, and quantitative marketing. His research topics included empirical estimation of single-agent dynamic discrete choices models in call centers and health care settings, and dynamic entry/exit games.

His research papers have been published in Operations Research, Management Science, Econometrica, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He has taught a PhD course in computational economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard, Yale, and University of Chicago, and has given tutorials and short courses at Chicago-Argonne Initiative on Computational Economics (2007 - 2012), and Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics (2013 - 2015).

Su earned a PhD in management science and engineering in 2005 from Stanford University. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University (Department of Economics) and Yale University (Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation), and has consulted for the Chief Economist Team of Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. In 2001, he worked as a manager in strategic planning and portfolio management at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
33902 Numerical Methods in Economics 2015 (Winter)
36106 Managerial Decision Modeling 2015 (Winter)

2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
33902 Numerical Methods in Economics 2016 (Winter)
36106 Managerial Decision Modeling 2015 (Fall)

Other Interests

Baseball, music, movies, Facebook.


Research Activities

Structural estimation with applications in operations management; executive compensation design; nonlinear pricing; computational optimization.

With Christopher S. Armstrong and David F. Larcker, "Endogenous Selection and Moral Hazard In Compensation Contracts" Operations Research (2010).

With Kenneth L. Judd, "Constrained optimization approaches to estimation of structural models" Econometrica (2012).

With Jean-Pierre Dube and Jeremy T. Fox, "Improving the numerical performance of BLP static and dynamic demand estimation" Econometrica (2012).

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.