Associate Professor

Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University

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Biography Research Papers Research Projects

Work Expeience,

September 2015- Assistant and associate (from August 2017) professor at School of Economics & Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Xiamen University
September 2012- Aug 2015 Assistant Professor, Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance, Renmin University of China
2008-2009 Research Assistant (part-time), for Prof Lily L. Tsai, MIT Political Science
2008 Summer Short Term Consultant, World Bank Group
2006 Summer Research Assistant, for Prof Hongbin Li, CUHK

Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, 2007-2012
Thesis title: “Gradualism in Coordination and Trust Building”
M.Phil., Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005-2007
M.E., Information and Communication Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2002-2005
B.E., Communication Engineering, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University, 1998-2002

Research Interest
Public Economics, Behavioral & Experimental Economics, Labor Economics, Development Economics, Political Economy

Teaching Interest
Labor Economics (graduate level)


Advanced Microeconometrics (graduate level)

Experimental & Behavioral Economics (graduate level)

Microeconometrics and Its Applications (Undergraduate level)

Principles of Economics (Undergraduate level)


 1. “One Step at a Time: Does Gradualism Build Coordination?” (with Jie Zheng, Plamen Nikolov, and Sam Asher; first & corresponding author).  Management Science, accepted. Manuscript  Supplementary Materials) Cited by:

  • a. Yang, C.L., Xu, M.L., Meng, J., Tang F.F., Efficient large-size coordination via voluntary  group formation: An experiment. International Economic Review 58.2 (2017): 651-668.
  • b. Kamijo, Y., Ozono, H. & Shimizu, K. Overcoming coordination failure using a mechanism based on gradualism and endogeneity. Experimental Economics 19.1 (2016): 202-217.
  • c. Other Citations on Scholar Google

2. “Parental Preferences, Production Technologies, and Provision for Progeny” (with Junjian Yi). Journal of Comparative Economics (Impact Factor: 1.103, 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.865) 45.2 (2017): 261-270.

3. Mind the Gap: Disparity in Redistributive Preference between Political Elites and the Public in China” (with Weihua An). European Journal of Political Economy (Impact Factor: 1.098, 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.466) 50(2017): 75-91.

4. “Donations Make People Happier: Evidence from the Wenchuan Earthquake(download the file here if the link is broken) (with Qianping Ren).  Social Indicators Research (Impact Factor: 1.743, 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.116) 132.1 (2017): 517-536. Cited by:

5. "Losing Children and Mental Well-being: Evidence from China"  (with Qianping Ren).  Applied Economics Letters 24.12 (2017): 868-877.

Selected Working Papers

1. “How Much Does Money Buy Happiness? Evidence from Twins in Urban China” (with Hongbin Li, Pak-wai Liu and Junsen Zhang). Cited by:

 a. De Neve, J. E., & Oswald, A. J. (2012). Estimating the influence of life satisfaction and positive affect on later income using sibling fixed effects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(49), 19953-19958

b. Other citations on Scholar Google

2. “Does Gradualism Build Cooperation? Theory and A Finitely Repeated Investment Experiment”  (with Xiangting Hu)

3. Gradualism, Weakest Link and Information: Evidence from Coordination Experiments

4. The Long-term Effect of Early Adversity on Mental Well-being: Evidence from the 1959-1961 Great Famine in China” (with Qianping Ren)

5. Does Smoking Harm Mental Health? Evidence from China (with Jiajun Lan and Qianping Ren)

6. Village Election and Happiness: Evidence from China” (with Yongzheng Liu and Aiqing Jiang)


Selected Works in Progress


1. “Team Incentives, Productivity and Choices: A Real-time Real Effort Experiment” (with Richard Freeman, Xiaofei Pan and Xiaolan Yang)

2. “Intra-team Incentives and Inter-team Competitions: An Experimental Study” (with Xiaofei Pan and Richard Freeman)

3. “More Education, More Happiness? Evidence from Twins in Urban China” (with Junjian Yi and Junsen Zhang)

4. “One Tiger In the Cage, More Flies in the Sky: An Experiment on Hierarchy and Conditional Corruption in China” (with Zheng Lei)