University of Southern California

Leon Zhu
Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations Management

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-7598
Education: 
PhD, MA, University of Florida; BA, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Overview

Leon Yang Zhu (Chu) is an operations management scholar whose research interests include contract and market mechanism design, game theory, and applied optimization. Professor Zhu's papers have been published in the American Economic Review, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic Theory, Management Science, Operations Research, and Rand Journal of Economics.

Research

Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2013) "Motivating Energy Suppliers to Promote Energy Conservation," Journal of Regulatory Economics, 43 (3), 229-247.
Chu, L. Y., and Lai, G. (2013) "Salesforce Contracting under Demand Censorship," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 15 (2), 320-334.
Bassamboo, A., Chu, L. Y., and Randhawa, R. S. (2013) "Designing Flexible Systems Using a New Notion of Supermodularity," Operations Research Letters, 41 (1), 107-111.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2012) "Designing Optimal Gain Sharing Plans to Promote Energy Conservation," Journal of Regulatory Economics, 42 (2), 115-134.
Chu, L. Y., and Zhang, H. (2011) "Optimal Pre-order Strategy with Endogenous Information Control," Management Science, 57 (6), 1055-1077.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2010) "Contracting with Private Knowledge of Signal Quality," Rand Journal of Economics, 41 (2), 244-269.
Chu, L. Y., and Shen, Z. M. (2010) "A Power-of-two Ordering Policy for One-Warehouse Multi-Retailer Systems," Operations Research, 58 (2), 492-502.
Chu, L. Y. (2009) "Truthful Bundle/Multi-unit Double Auctions," Management Science, 55 (7), 1184-1198.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2009) "Implementing High-Powered Contracts to Motivate Intertemporal Effort Supply," Rand Journal of Economics, 40 (2), 296-316.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2009) "Procurement Contracts: Theory vs. Practice," International Journal of Industrial Organization, 27 (1), 51-59.
Chu, L. Y., and Shen, Z. M. (2008) "Truthful Double Auction Mechanisms," Operations Research, 56 (1), 102-120.
Chu, L. Y., Shanthikumar, J. G., and Shen, Z. M. (2008) "Solving Operational Statistics via a Bayesian Analysis," Operations Research Letters, 36 (1), 110-116.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2007) "A Note on Optimal Procurement Contracts with Limited Direct Cost Inflation," Journal of Economic Theory, 137 (1), 745-753.
Chu, L. Y., and Shen, Z. M. (2007) "Trade Reduction vs. Multi-Stage: A Comparison of Double Auction Design Approaches," European Journal of Operational Research, 180 (2), 677-691.
Chu, L. Y., and Sappington, D. E. M. (2007) "Simple Cost-Sharing Contracts," American Economic Review, 97 (1), 419-428.
Chu, L. Y., and Shen, Z. M. (2006) "Agent Competition Double-Auction Mechanism," Management Science, 52 (8), 1215-1222.
Chu, L. Y., Hsu, V. N., and Shen, Z. M. (2005) "An Economic Lot-Sizing Problem with Perishable Inventory and Economics of Sale Costs: Approximation Solutions and Worst Case Analysis," Naval Research Logistics, 52 (6), 536-548.
Chen, R., Chu, L. Y., and Qi, L. "Quality Provision under a Recession: Adapting to a Changing Economic Environment,".
Chu, L. Y., Shamir, N., and Shin, H. "Strategic Communication for Capacity Alignment,".