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MELANIE  MENG  XUE

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Assistant Professor of Economic History

London School of Economics

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

United Kingdom

Email: m.m.xue@lse.ac.uk

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I am an Assistant Professor of Economic History at LSE and a Research Affiliate at CEPR. My research interests include political economy, gender, culture and narrative, and early modern and modern China. 

My work examines the rise of women, the self-perpetuation of authoritarian regimes, and the role of affirmative action in human capital accumulation. By tracing the impact of historical events over time and in various institutional settings, my work centers on the role of values, beliefs, and norms in shaping economic and political disparities. 

In my research of traditional narratives, I discovered that folklore is a vital source of values in contemporary society. This line of inquiry has produced a global dataset of values and beliefs across countries and ethnicities (Summary/Data/Workshop), with ongoing work in the broad area. 

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