My research is in the empirical microeconomics area of development economics. I study well-being of disadvantaged groups in the developing world, especially China; and explore ways to improve socioeconomic outcomes for the poor and marginalized. My research in the past three years has primarily focused on socioeconomic disparities between China’s ethnic minority people and their ethnic majority counterparts known as the Han. Taking advantage of household survey data, I investigated the extent and correlates of the Han-minority gap in health and nutrition status, educational outcomes, as well as educational opportunities. This summer, I also assisted with an evaluation of the effectiveness of Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s country assistance programs in promoting inclusive growth --- an economic development that is characterized by high and sustain economic growth, effective poverty reduction, and broadening of economic opportunities --- in some of the bank’s developing member countries (China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan). In future research, I hope to examine origins and consequences of China’s rural-urban divide, especially the well-being of rural elderly people and children (left-behind or migrant) of migrant workers.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., Applied Economics, Cornell University, 2013
- M.A., British Studies (Economy and Law concentration), Humboldt University of Berlin, 2006
- M.S., Economics and Management Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2005
- B.A., Accounting, North China University of Technology, 2002