Publications (Chinese Publications)

2021Warcraft: The Legitimacy Building of Usurpers with Xinyu Fan. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 184: 409-31. Full text ]

2020Running out of Steam? Political Terms and FDI Inflow in China” with Danqing Wang, Zhitao Zhu and Xiaowei, Rose Luo. Forthcoming in Journal of International Business Studies. Full text ]

2020Tractor vs. Animal: Rural Reforms and Technology Adoption in China with Xiaohuan Lan. Journal of Development Economics 147: 1-10. Full text ]

2020Move to Success? Headquarters Relocation, Political Favoritism, and Corporate Performance with Bo Yang and Xun Yan. Journal of Corporate Finance 64: 1-31. Full text ]

2018 The Health Costs of the Industrial Leap Forward in China: Evidence from the Sulfur Dioxide Emissions of Coal‐fired Power Stations with Yiran Li and Qin Yao. China Economic Review 49: 68-83. Full text ]

2017 There Will Be Killing: Collectivization and Death of Draft Animals” with Xiaohuan Lan. American Economic Journal: Applied Ecnomocs 9(4): 58-77. [ Full text ]

     AEA Chart of the Week: Animal Sacrifice | Marginal Revolution: Draft Animals as Common Property

2016Of Maize and Men: The Effect of a New World Crop on Population and Economic Growth in China” with James KUNG. Journal of Economic Growth 21: 71-99. [ Full text ]

2011Tragedy of the Nomenklatura: Career Incentives and Political Radicalism during China's Great Leap Famine”  With James KUNG. American Political Science Review  105 (1):  27-45. [ Full text ] [ Data and programs ]

Under Review

2021 Chasing or Cheating? Theory and Evidence on the Reliability of China’s GDP” with Xue Sherry Qiao and Zhitao Zhu Revision Requested by Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

2021Gone with the Wind? Neighboring Thermal Power Plants’ Emissions and Local Public Health in China” with Yiran Li, Guang Shi and Zhitao Zhu Revision Requested by Chinese Economics Review.

2021Robin Hood on the Great Canal: Economics Shocks and Rebellions in Qing China, 1650-1911 with Yiming Cao under review. [ Full text ]

2021Communism and Patricide: Collectivization and Domestic Violence in 1960s’ China” with Danli Wang and Xuejing Zuo under review.

2021Career Specialization and Pandemic Response” with Shipeng Yan, Danqing Wang and Yaohui Peng under review.

2021Accountability from Cyberspace? Scandals Exposure on the Internet and Official Governance in China with Yiran Li.  under review [ Full text ]

2021Government Wrongdoings in the Past and Corporate Misconduct in the Present: Evidence from China with Haoyuan Ding, Shu Lin and Haichun Ye under review.

2021Pandemic and Insurance Purchase: The Behavioral Response to COVID-19 with Zhuoer Lin, Xian Xu and Xuanyi Wang under review.



2021Starving and Deceiving: Famine Experience, Politician Risk Preference, and GDP Manipulation in China” with Xinyu Fan and Xuanyi Wang.

2021 Promotion Club” with Xinyu Fan and Zhitao Zhu [ Full text ]

2021 Canal and Grain: Transport Infrastructure and Market Integration in China:1780-1911 with Jianan Li and Qin Yao.

2021The Emperor's Tael: Fiscal Centralization, Commitment Problem and Tax Protests in Qing China, 1644-1912 with Max Yu Hao  [ Full text ]

2021Institutional Discrimation and Assimilation: Evidence from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882” with Bin Xie Full text ]

2021 Trade or Raid with Xinyu Fan and Yantong Fang.

2021Trade Shocks and Urbanization: Evidence from County-level Data in China” with Fang Wang, Xuanyi Wang and Yiran Li.

2021HER” Danqing Wang.

2020States and Wars: China’s Long March towards Unity and its Consequences, 221 BC-1911 AD” with Debin Ma. [ Full text ]

2020The Art of the Duo: Local Insurgency and Dominant Minority in Qing China, 1644-1912” with  Xinyu Fan, Colin Xu, Xun Yan.

2020 Godfather Politicians and Organized Violence: The Good, The Bad, and The Bloody with Xinyu Fan and Xuanyi Wang.

In Progress


2021 The Rootless and the Ruthless: Elite Recruitment, Political Purges, and the Great Institutional Divergence with Xinyu Fan and Zhenchen Huang.

2020 “Power Division and Institutionalization” with Tianyang Xi.

2020 The Mythology of Two Hundred Million People: Egalitarianism, Welfare Benefits, and Population Growth”  with Bin Xie and Xiaohuan Lan.

2020Lynching vs. Law: A History of Vigilantes with Xinyu Fan and Bo Yang.

2020 The Great Depression, the Great Revolution with Ting Chen.

2020 Influence Activities in Academia: Evidence from Social Media with Changyu Lu and Xinyu Fan.

2019Gentry Class and Chinese Society: Testing Tocqueville with Bin Xie.

2019State and Worm with Xuanyi Wang.

2018The Clash of Legitimacies (and The Remaking of Political Order): The Origins of CR Revisited” with Xinyu Fan.

2018 Make Love, Not War: Interethnic Marriage and Conflict