Meng, Lei

Associate Professor



Biography Research Papers Research Projects


Ph.D. Economics and International Affairs, University of California, San Diego, 2009.
B.A. Economics, Cornell University, 2002.

Academic Position
Xiamen University
Associate Professor, WISE, Aug 2018 - Present
Assistant Professor, WISE, 2009 - July 2018

Research Interests
Primary Fields: Labor Economics, Economy of China
Secondary Fields: Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Professional Activities
Research Fellow, IZA, 2010 to present

Meng, Lei. 2012. “Can Grain Subsidies Impede Rural-Urban Migration in Hinterland China? Evidence from Field Surveys.” China Economic Review, 23(3): 729-741.

Meng, Lei, Minqiang Zhao, and Dewi Silvany Liwu. 2016. Joint Migration Decisions of Married Couples in Rural China.” China Economic Review, 38:285-305.


Meng, Lei, and Minqiang Zhao. 2018. "Permanent and Temporary Rural–Urban Migration in China: Evidence from Field Surveys." China Economic Review, 51, 228-239. 


Meng, Lei. 2019. "Permanent Migration Desire of Chinese Rural Residents: Evidence from Field Surveys, 2006 - 2015. " China Economic Review, DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2019.01.001.

Meng, Lei, and Minqiang Zhao. 2019. "Bride Drain: An Unintended Consequence of China's Urban-Rural Divide." Labour Economics, 58, 69-80.