Ma, Hong

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

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Dr. Hong Ma is currently an associate professor of economics in the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. He graduated from Fudan University in 2002 with a B.A. (High Honors) in Economics. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis in 2009, and won a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award there. At Tsinghua, Dr. Ma teaches International Economics II for graduate students and Game Theory for undergraduates. He also organizes a seminar course on globalization for first year undergraduates. In 2009, he received a teaching excellence award.

Dr. Ma's research mainly focuses on international trade. His work has been published in the Economic Journal, the Macroeconomic Dynamics, the World Economy, and other journals.


Journal Papers (International)

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“Who Shrunk China? Puzzles in the Measurement of Real GDP”, (with Rob Feenstra, Peter Neary, and Prasada Rao), the Economic Journal, 213, 123 (December): 1100-129

“Contractual Versus Non-Contractual Trade: the Role of Institutions in China”,(with Rob Feenstra, Chang Hong, and Barbara Spencer), the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013, V.94: 281-294

“Spatial Spillover Effects and Regional Economic Growth in China” , (with Chong-En Bai, and Wenqing Pan), China Economic Review, 2012, vol.23(4): 982-990

“Import Variety and Welfare Gain in China”(with Bo Chen) Review of International Economics, 2012 Vol.20(4)

“Trade Restrictiveness and Deadweight Loss in China’s Imports”, (with Bo Chen), Frontier of Economics in China 2012 Vol.7(3)

"The Effects of Domestic Climate Change Measures on International Competitiveness", (with Hiau-Looi Kee and Muthukumara Mani). The World Economy, 2010 vol. 33(6):820-829, (previously the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 5309.)

"Consistent Comparisons of Real Incomes across Time and Space", (with Rob Feenstra and Prasada Rao). Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2009 vol. 13(S2):169-193

"Optimal Choice of Product Scope for Multiproduct Firms under Monopolistic Competition", (with Rob Feenstra), in E. Helpman, D. Marin and T. Verdier, eds., The Organization of Firms in a Global Economy, Harvard University Press. 2008

Working papers
"How do Exchange Rate Movements Affect Chinese Exports: A Firm-Level Investigation” (with Hongbin Li, and Yuan Xu),under review

“How You Export Matters: Choice of Export Modes and the Evolution of Productivity”, (with Xue Bai, and Kala Krishna),  June. 2013

“Firm Sorting, Ownership and Product Scope: Evidence from Chinese Enterprises”, Nov, 2010

“Is There An Anti-Comparative Advantage in China-U.S. Bilateral Trade?” (with Jiandong Ju, and Ziru Wei )

“Gross Job Creation and Destruction in China ” (with Xue Qiao and Yuan Xu) March, 2013

“Export Restriction and Downstream Offshoring: Evidence from China’s Rare Earth Exports” (with Kala Krishna, Zhen Lei, Zhi Li)

“Domestic Value-added in China's Exports and its Distribution by Firm Ownership” (with Zhi Wang and Kunfu Zhu)