Xinyue Lin

I am a second-year graduate student at the Department of Economics, Harvard Univeristy. My research interests include behavioral economics, development economics, and applied theory.

Work in Progress

The Endowment Effect and Collateralized Loans

with Kevin Carney, Michael Kremer, and Gautam Rao


Peking University

B.A. in Economics (with distinction)
2014 - 2018


  • Outstanding Graduate, Peking University, 2018
  • Woori Bank Scholarship, Peking University, 2017
  • Founder Scholarship, Peking University, 2016
  • Benz Scholarship, Peking University, 2015
  • First Prize in 30th Chinese Physics Olympiad, 2013


Lei Yang - computer scientist in training


Quokka is a side project of mine. The reason I made Quokka is that I often forget that things I take for granted now were actually my dreams two months or years ago. As a result, I don’t really update positively about myself even after I did something great, and I focus too much on goals that I haven’t achieved or cannot achieve. Conversations with my significant other and friends and advisors made me realize that it is okay and important to take time to review and celebrate one’s success. I’m hoping that Quokka can make this process easier for us.

Here is how Quokka works: when you are after a goal, small or big, tell Quokka what achieving it would mean to you, then on the day you choose, Quokka will send an email to you reminding you of your thoughts in the past.

Hope you enjoy the companion of Quokka!

What is your goal?

What does it mean to you?

Acknowledgment: Lei - thank you for your support and encouragement!