Associate professor in Economics, the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. He received his Bachelor in Thai & Economics from Peking University in 2002, Master in Economics from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004 and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Maryland in 2010. He was a research assistant for the Department of Economics at Chinese University of Hong Kong between 2004 and 2005. His courses taught include: Labor Economics.
His research interests include Labor Economics; Public Economics; Development Economics. His research papers have been published in Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, etc.
"Bias from Generated Aggregate Variables as Regressors" (with Binzhen Wu and Zhaoguo Zhan), Empirical Economics, forthcoming.
"Poverty in China's Colleges and the Targeting of Financial Aid," (with Hongbin Li, Xinzheng Shi and Binzhen Wu), China Quarterly, 216, December 2013, 970-992.
"Evaluating China's Poverty Alleviation Program: A Regression Discontinuity Approach", Journal of Public Economics, 101, May 2013, 1-11.
"Prenatal Sex Selection and Missing Girls in China: Evidence from the Diffusion of Diagnostic Ultrasound" (with Yuyu Chen and Hongbin Li), Journal of Human Resources, 48(1), Winter 2013, 36-70.
"Does Having a Cadre-Parent Pay? Evidence from the First Job Offers of Chinese College Graduates" (with Hongbin Li, Xinzheng Shi and Binzhen Wu), Journal of Development Economics, 99(2) November 2012, 513-520.
"Does Attending Elite Colleges Pay in China?" (with Hongbin Li, Xinzheng Shi and Binzhen Wu), Journal of Comparative Economics, 40(1), February 2012, 78-88.
"The Human Cost of China's Industrial Growth" (with Hongbin Li and Wenqing Pan), China Economic Review, 22(3), September 2011, 373-382.
"The Government's Role in China's Olympic Glory" (with Hongbin Li and Qian Wang), Applied Economics, 41(25), November 2009, 3313-3318.
"Political Connections, Financing and Firm Performance: Evidence from Chinese Private Firms" (with Hongbin Li, Qian Wang, and Li-An Zhou), Journal of Development Economics,87(2), October 2008, 283-299.
"Why Do Entrepreneurs Enter Politics? Evidence from China" (with Hongbin Li and Junsen Zhang), Economic Inquiry, 44(3), July 2006, 559–578.