Research by Topic
Elite Formation and Influence
"The Value of Elite Education in China" (with Hongbin Li) Dec. 2017 pdf
"Elite Recruitment and Political Stability: The Impact of the Abolition of China's Civil Service Exam" (with Ying Bai)
Econometrica, 2016, vol. 84 (2), 677–733, working paper version pdf
"Decentralization, Collusion and Coalmine Deaths" (with Huihua Nie)
Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming. working paper version pdf
"Political Selection in China: Complementary Roles of Connections and Performance" (with Masa Kudamatsu and David Seim)
Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015, vol. 13 (4), 631-668, working paper version pdf
VoxEU column: Who becomes a top politician in China?
"Decentralization and Military Coups" (with Pinghan Liang) a new version with empirical evidence
in Manas Chatterji (ed.) 2012, Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development, Vol. 20, 149-170.
"Pollution for Promotion" pdf
"Power and Productivity in Chinese Academia" (with Huihua Nie and Wei Xiao), Jan. 2018 pdf
History and Development
"Weather Shocks, Sweet Potatoes and Peasant Revolts in Historical China"
Economic Journal, 2014, vol. 124 (575), 92-118. working paper version pdf
"The Legacies of Forced Freedom: China's Treaty Ports"
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014, vol. 96 (4), 596-608. working paper version pdf
Economic Incentives vs. Social Norms
"Individual vs. Social Motives in Identity Choice: Theory and Evidence from China" (with Torsten Persson) pdf
"The Price of the East Asian Miracle" (with Hyejin Ku) in revision
China and South Korea
"Is China's Pollution the Culprit for the Choking of South Korea? Evidence from the Asian Dust" (with Hyejin Ku) pdf r&r Economic Journal