Li, Hongbin

C.V. Starr Chair Professor, Department of Economics

Curriculum Vitae

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C.V. Starr Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Management SEM, Tsinghua University, and the executive associate director of the China Data Center of Tsinghua University as well. He earned his Bachelor degree from China Agricultural University in 1993 and received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2001. Before joining Tsinghua in 2007, he was professor in the economics department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Li was selected the Cheung Kong Scholar by the Ministry of Education of China in 2009 and received the Distinguished Young Scholar Grant from the National Science Foundation of China in 2010. He won the First Prize on International Essay Competition on the “Income Distribution and Poverty in China” by the World Institute for Development Economics Research in April 2005. He received the Koret Award/Fellowship from 1995 to 1998 as well as the Provost Fellowship in the summer 1996 both from Stanford University.

Professor Li currently teaches “Advanced Micro-Econometrics”, “Development Economics”, “Honors Program-Academic Track”, and “Freshmen Seminar”.

Professor Li has published extensively in leading economics journals such as JPE, EJ, ReStat, JoLE, JPubE, JDE, JHR and etc. He has received many research grants funded by the National Science Foundation of China, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and etc.

Professor Li has served on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Economics and China Economic Review, as well as on the editorial advisory board of China Agricultural Economic Review.  He is a research fellow of IZA in Germany and a senior research fellow of J. Mirrlees Institute of Economic Policy Research. He was the associate director of the Center for Economics and Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2006 to 2007. 

Journal Papers (International)

"Altruism, Favoritism, and Guilt in the Allocation of Family Resources: Sophie's Choice in Mao's Mass Send Down Movement," Journal of Political Economy (lead article) 118(1), February 2010, pp. 1-38 (with Mark Rosenzweig and Junsen Zhang).   

"Incentives, Equality and Contract Renegotiations: Theory and Evidence in the Chinese Banking Industry," Journal of Industrial Economics, 58(1), March 2010, pp156-189 (with Hongbin Cai and Li-an Zhou).   

"Why Does Spousal Education Matter for Earnings? Assotative Mating and Cross-Productivity," Journal of Labor Economics, 27(4), October 2009, pp. 633-652 (with Chong Huang, Pak Wai Liu and Junsen Zhang).   

"Testing The External Effect of Consumption: the Case of Child Demand," Journal of Human Resource, 44(4), pp. 890-915, fall 2009 (with Junsen Zhang).   

"Ultrasonic Scans and Sex Ratios in China," Asian Economic Policy Review, 4(1), pp. 121-137, June 2009 (with Hui Zheng).   

"Winter Heating or Clean Air? Unintended Impacts of China's Huai River Policy," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 99(2), pp 184-190, May 2009 (with Douglas Almond, Yuyu Chen and Michael Greenstone).   

"Mother's Education and Child Health: Is There a Nurturing Effect?" Journal of Health Economics, 28(2), pp 413-426, March 2009 (with Yuyu Chen).   

"Political Connections, Financing and Firm Performance: Evidence from Chinese Private Entrepreneurs," (with Lingsheng Meng, Qian Wang and Li-an Zhou) Journal of Development Economics 87, 2008, pp. 283-299.   

"The Quantity-Quality Tradeoff of Children in a Developing Country: Identification Using Chinese Twins," Demography, 45(1), February 2008, pp. 223-243 (with Junsen Zhang and Yi Zhu).   

"Effects of Longevity and Dependency Rates on Saving and Growth: Evidence from a Panel of Cross Countries," (with Jie Zhang and Junsen Zhang), Journal of Development Economics, 84(1), September 2007, pp. 138-154.  

"Economic Returns to the Communist Party Membership: Evidence from Chinese Twins," (with Pak Wai Liu, Junsen Zhang and Ning Ma), Economic Journal, 117(523), October 2007, pp. 1504-1520.   

"Do High Birth Rates Hamper Economic Growth?" (with Junsen Zhang), Review of Economics and Statistics 89(1), February 2007, pp. 110-117.   

"Incentive Effects under Contract Renegotiation: Evidence from the Chinese Banking Industry," (with Scott Rozelle and Li-an Zhou), Economics of Transition 15(1), March 2007, pp. 109-124.   

"Income, Income Inequality and Health: Evidence from China," (with Yi Zhu), Journal of Comparative Economics 34(4), December 2006, pp. 654-667.   

"Why Do Entrepreneurs Enter Politics," (with Lingsheng Meng and Junsen Zhang), Economic Inquiry 44(3), July 2006, pp 559-578.   

"Political Turnover and Economic Performance: The Disciplinary Role of Personnel Control in China," (with Li-An Zhou), Journal of Public Economics 89(9-10), September 2005, pp. 1743-1762.  

 "Banks and Enterprise Privatization in China." (with Loren Brandt and Joanne Roberts), Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 21(2), October 2005, pp. 524-546. 

"Relative performance evaluation and the turnover of provincial leaders in China." (with Ye Chen and Li-an Zhou), Economics Letters 88(3), June 2005, pp. 421-425.   

"Insider Privatization with a Tail: The Screening Contract and Performance of Privatized Firms in Rural China," (with Scott Rozelle), Journal of Development Economics (lead article) 75(1), October 2004, pp 1-26.   

"Government’s Budget Constraint, Competition and Privatization: Evidence from China's Rural Industry," Journal of Comparative Economics 31(3), September 2003, pp. 486-502.   

"Bank Discrimination in Transition Economies: Ideology, Information or Incentives?" (with Loren Brandt), Journal of Comparative Economics (lead article) 31(3), September 2003, pp. 387-413.   

"Privatizing Rural China: Insider Privatization, Innovative Contracts, and the Performance of Township Enterprises" (with Scott Rozelle), China Quarterly 174, December 2003, pp. 981-1005.   

"Reversing Privatization as a Screening Mechanism," Economics Letters 78, February 2003, pp. 267-271.   

"Saving or Stripping Rural Industry: an Analysis of Privatization and Efficiency in China," Agricultural Economics 1460, (with Scott Rozelle), 2000, pp. 1-12.