publications (中文发表)

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. accepted by China Economic Review.  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 ]

paper under review

2020Warcraft: The Legitimacy Building of Usurpers with Xinyu Fan. Revision Requested by Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

2020Tractor vs. Animal: Rural Reforms and Technology Adoption in China with Xiaohuan Lan. Full text ] R&R Journal of Development Economics.

2020Move to Success? Headquarters Relocation, Political Favouritism, and Corporate Performance” with Bo Yang and Xun Yan. Full text ] R&R Journal of Corporate Finance.

2020Running out of Steam? Political Terms and FDI Inflow in China  with Danqing Wang and Zhitao Zhu. [ Full text ] R&R Journal of International Business Studies.

2020The Emperor's Tael: Fiscal Centralization, Commitment Problem and Tax Protests in Qing China, 1644-1912 with Max Yu Hao. [ Full text ]

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

2020Agriculture Satellites and Corporate Financial Misconduct: The Long-Term Impact of China’s Great Leap Forward with Haoyuan Ding, Shu Lin and Haichun Ye.

2020Communism and Patricide: Collectivization and Domestic Violence in 1960s’ China” with Danli Wang and Xuejing Zuo.

2019Gone with the Wind? Neighboring Thermal Power Plants’ Emissions and Local Public Health in China” with Yiran Li, Guang Shi and Zhitao Zhu. Full text ]

2019Robin Hood on the Great Canal: Economics Shocks and Rebellions in Qing China, 1650-1911 with Yiming Cao. [ Full text ]

2019 Promotion Club” with Xinyu Fan and Zhitao Zhu [ Full text ]

2019Making Reform Work: Evidence from A Quasi-Natural Experiment in Rural China” with Xiao Ma  [ Full text ]

2019Trade Shocks and Urbanization: Evidence from County-level Data in China” with Xuanyi Wang and Yiran Li. [ Full text ]

2019Institutional Discrimation and Assimilation: Evidence from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882” with Bin Xie. [ Full text ]

2019 Chasing or Cheating? Theory and Evidence on the Reliability of China’s GDP” with Xue Sherry Qiao and Zhitao Zhu. [ Full text ]

2018Accountability from Cyberspace? Scandals Exposure on the Internet and Official Governance in China with Yiran Li. [ Full text ]


completed papers 

2020Starving and Deceiving: Famine Experience, Politician Risk Preference, and GDP Manipulation in China” with Xinyu Fan and Xuanyi Wang.

2020Power Division and Institutionalization” with Tianyang Xi

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

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

2020War Making: the Formation of Big Oriental Despotism, 221 BC to 1910 AD” with Debin Ma.

2017Secrets of Ghost Towns: Career Incentives and Politically Driven Urbanization in China with Yiran Li.


ork in progress

2019Lynching vs. Law: A History of Vigilantes with Xinyu Fan and Bo Yang.

2019The Great Depression, the Great Revolution with Ting Chen and Chong Liu.

2019The Cultural Revolution and China's Political Labor Market with Nancy Qian, Gerard Padro-i-Miquel and Xuanyi Wang.

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

2019State and Worm with Xiaohuan Lan, Bo Yang and Nancy Qian.

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

2018Make Love, Not War: Interethnic Marriage and Conflict