• I received my Ph.D. in Forest Finance and Economics from University of Georgia and M.S. in Statistics with an emphasis on Data Mining from University of Central Florida. My research about the financial performance of timberland assets and forestry-related assets has been published in the Forest Policy and Economics, Forest Science and Forest Products Journal. My recent ongoing research projects are focused more on applying data-driven methods to solve various business problems with an emphasis on Real Estate and Fin-Tech areas.

    • Ph. D. from University of Georgia
    • M.S. from University of Central Florida
    • B.S. from Sichuan University
    • Mei, B., Wu, W., Yao, W. (2019) "Private-equity commercial real estate, timberland, and farmland: Market integration and information transition dynamics". Under review by Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
    • Yao, W., Cheng, B., and Mei, B (2016) “Investor sentiment and timberland investment returns”. Forest Products Journal, 66 (3), 147–154.
    • Yao, W. and Mei, B (2015) “Assessing forestry-related assets with the intertemporal capital asset pricing model”. Forest Policy and Economics, 50, 192–199.
    • Yao, W., Mei, B., and Clutter, B (2014) “Pricing timberland assets in the United States by the arbitrage pricing theory”. Forest Science, 66 (5), 943–952.