Lu, Yi

Professor, Department of Economics

Phone                (86) (10) 
Email              luyi@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn
Office                226 Shunde Building
Office Hours       Wednesday  10:30pm-11:30pm




  • "Gender Peer Effects on Students' Academic and Noncognitive Outcomes: Evidence and Mechanism", with (Jie Gong and Hong Song), Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming. [Paper]

  • "Expenditure Response to Health Insurance Policies: Evidence from Kinks in Rural China", (with Ju Shi and Wanyu Yang), Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming. [Paper]

  • "Place-Based Policies, Creation, and Agglomeration Economies: Evidence from China’s Economic Zone Program", (with Jin Wang and Lianming Zhu), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (August 2019), Vol. 11, 325-360. [Paper]

  • "Gender Gap under Pressure: Evidence from China’s National College Entrance Examination", (with Xiqian CaiJessica Pan, and Songfa Zhong), Review of Economics and Statistics (May 2019), Vol. 101, 249-263. [Paper]


  • "Competitive Experience and Gender Difference in Risk Preference, Trust Preference and Academic Performance: Evidence from Gaokao in China, (with Xinzheng Shi and Songfa Zhong), Journal of Comparative Economics (December 2018), Vol. 46, 1388-1410. [Paper]

  • "The Impact of Temperature on Manufacturing Worker Productivity: Evidence from Personnel Data", (with Xiqian Cai and Jin Wang), Journal of Comparative Economics (December 2018), Vol. 46, 889-905. [Paper]

  • "How Do Exporters Adjust Export Product Scope and Product Mix to React to Antidumping?", (with Zhigang Tao and Yan Zhang), China Economic Review (October 2018), Vol. 51, 20-41. [Link]

  • "Exposure to Chinese Imports and Media Slant:Evidence from 147 U.S. Local Newspapers over 1998-2012", (with Xiang Shao and Zhigang Tao), Journal of International Economics (September 2018), Vol. 114, 316-330. [Paper]

  • "Recover Overnight? Work Interruption and Worker Productivity", (with Xiqian CaiJie Gong, and Songfa Zhong), Management Science (August 2018), Vol. 64, 3489-3500. [Paper]

  • "The Effect of Teacher Gender on Student's Academic and Noncognitive Outcomes", with (Jie Gong and Hong Song), Journal of Labor Economics (July 2018), Vol. 36, 743-778. [Paper]

  • "Career Concerns and Multitasking Local Bureaucrats: Evidence of A Target-Based Performance Evaluation System in China", (with Jie Chen and Pei Li)Journal of Development Economics (July 2018), Vol. 133, 84-101. [Paper]

  • "The Great Opening up and the Roadmap for the Future: The Story of China's International Trade", (with Yan Du), China & World Economy (March--April 2018), Special Issue: 40 Years of Economic Reform and Openness in China, Vol. 26 (2), 68-93. [Link]


  • "Product Cycle, Contractibility, and Global Sourcing", (with Xiaoping Chen and Lianming Zhu), Journal of Development Economics, (July 2017), Vol. 127, 283-296. [Paper]

  • "Identifying FDI Spillovers", (with Zhigang Tao and Lianming Zhu), Journal of International Economics (July 2017), Vol. 107, 75-90. [Paper] [Appendix]

  • "Vertical Integration and Firm Productivity", (with Hongyi Li and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Economics Management and Strategy, (Summer 2017), Vol. 26 (2), 403-428. [Paper]

  • "Institutional Quality and Firm Survival", (with Yi Che and Zhigang Tao), Economics of Transition, (July 2017), Vol. 25 (3), 495-525. [Paper]

  • "Intermediaries, Firm Heterogeneity, and Exporting Behavior: Evidence from Developing Economies", (with Jiangyong Lu, Yi Sun, and Zhigang Tao), World Economy, (July 2017), Vol. 40 (7), 1381-1404. [Paper]


  • "Does Environmental Regulation Drive away Inbound Foreign Direct Investment? Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in China", (with Xiqian CaiMingqin Wu and Linhui Yu), Journal of Development Economics (November 2016), Vol. 123, 73-85. [Paper]

  • "Does Flattening Government Improve Economic Performance?", (with Pei Li and Jin Wang), Journal of Development Economics (November 2016), Vol. 123, 18-37. [Paper]

  • "Telecommunications Externality on Migration: Evidence from Chinese Villages", (with Huihua Xie and Colin Xu), China Economic Review (July 2016), Vol. 39, 77-90. [Paper]

  • "Does Trade Credit Boost Firm Performance?", (with Dongya LiTravis Ng, and Jun Yang), Economic Development and Cultural Change (April 2016), Vol. 64 (3), 573-602. [Paper]


  • "Firm Investment and Exporting: Evidence from China’s Value-Added Tax Reform", (with Qing Liu), Journal of International Economics (November, 2015), Vol. 97 (2), 392-403. [Paper]

  • "Trade Liberalization and Markup Dispersion: Evidence from China's WTO Accession", (with Linhui Yu), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (October 2015), Vol. 7 (4), 221-253. [Paper] [Appendix]

  • "Once an Enemy, Forever an Enemy? The Long-run Impact of the Japanese Invasion of China from 1937 to 1945 on Trade and Investment", (with Yi CheJulan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of International Economics (May 2015), Vol. 96 (1), 182-198. [Paper]

  • "Government Expropriation and Chinese-Style Firm Diversification", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (February 2015), Vol. 43 (1), 155-169. [Paper]


  •  "The Role of the State in Resolving Business Disputes in China", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (December 2014), Vol. 42 (4), 940-953. [Paper]

  • "Does Competition Lead to Customization?", (with Wen-Tai Hsu and Travis Ng), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (October 2014), Vol. 106, 10-28. [Paper]

  • "Pure Exporter: Theory and Evidence from China", (with Jiangyong Lu and Zhigang Tao), World Economy (September 2014), Vol. 37 (9), 1197–1333. [Paper]


  • "City-industry Growth in China", (with Juan Ni, Zhigang Tao, and Linhui Yu), China Economic Review (December 2013), Vol. 27, 135-147. [Paper]

  • "How Do Exporters Respond to Antidumping Investigations?", (with Zhigang Tao and Yan Zhang), Journal of International Economics (November 2013), Vol. 91 (2), 290-300. [Paper] [Appendix] [Slides]

  • "Import Competition and Skill Content in U. S. Manufacturing Industries", (with Travis Ng), Review of Economics and Statistics (October 2013), Vol. 95 (4), 1404–1417. [Paper]

  • "The Impact of Income on Democracy Revisited", (with Yi CheZhigang Tao, and Peng Wang), Journal of Comparative Economics (February 2013), Vol. 41 (1), 159-169. [Paper]

  • "Do Institutions not Matter in China? Evidence from Manufacturing Enterprises", (with Ivan P.L. Png and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (February 2013), Vol. 41 (1), 74-90. [Paper]


  • "Do Imports Spur Incremental Innovation in the South?", (with Travis Ng), China Economic Review (December 2012), Vol. 23 (4), 819-832. [Paper

  • "Bank Loans versus Trade Credit: Evidence from China", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Economics of Transition (July 2012), Vol. 20 (3), 457-480. [Paper]

  • "Do Domestic and Foreign Exporters Differ in Learning by Exporting? Evidence from China", (with Julan DuZhigang Tao, and Linhui Yu), China Economic Review (June 2012), Vol. 23 (2), 296-315. [Paper]

  • "Institutions, Culture Distance, and FDI Location Choice: Evidence from China", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Asian Economics (June 2012), Vol. 23 (3), 210-223. [Paper]

  • "Industrial Agglomeration and Firm Size: Evidence from China", (with Dongya Li and Mingqin Wu), Regional Science and Urban Economics (March 2012), Vol. 42 (1-2), 135-143. [Paper]

  • "Outsourcing, Product Quality, and Contract Enforcement", (with Travis Ng and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy (Spring 2012), Vol. 21 (1), 1-30. [Paper]

  • "Contracting Institutions and Vertical Integration: Evidence from China's Manufacturing Firms", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (February 2012), Vol. 40 (1), 89-107. [Paper]


  • "Political Connections and Trade Expansion: Evidence from Chinese Private Firm", Economics of Transition (April 2011), Vol 19 (2), 231–254. [Paper]


  • "Exporting Behavior of Foreign Affiliates: Theory and Evidence from China", (with Jiangyong Lu and Zhigang Tao), Journal of International Economics (July 2010), Vol. 81 (3), 197-205. [Paper]

  • "Union Effects on Performance and Employment Relations: Evidence from Chinese Private Enterprises", (with Zhigang Tao and Yijiang Wang), China Economic Review (March 2010), Vol. 21 (1), 202-210. [Paper]


  • "Contract Enforcement and Family Control of Business: Evidece from China", (with Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (December 2009), Vol. 37 (4), 597-609. [Paper]

  • "Geographic Concentration and Vertical Disintegration: Case of China", (with Ben Li), Journal of Urban Economics (May 2009), Vol. 65 (3), 294-304. [Paper]

  • "Excludable Public Goods: Pricing and Social Welfare Maximization", (with Chong-en Bai and Zhigang Tao), Economics Letters (May 2009), Vol. 103 (2), 72-74. [Paper]

  • "Bi-sourcing in the Global Economy", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of International Economics (April 2009), Vol. 77 (2), 206-214. [Paper] [Appendix]


  • "Economic Institutions and FDI Location Choice: Evidence from US Manufacturing Firms in China", (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Journal of Comparative Economics (September 2008), Vol. 36 (3), 412-429. [Paper]

  • "FDI Location Choice: Agglomeration vs. Institutions",  (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), International Journal of Finance and Economics (January 2008), Vol. 13 (1), 92-107.


  • "Why Do Firms Conduct Bi-sourcing",  (with Julan Du and Zhigang Tao), Economics Letters (August 2006), Vol. 92 (2), 245-249. [Paper]