Working Papers​

"High-Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China", 2020    

Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies​

"Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China", 2021

Being Revised

Quantitative History Blog, Washington Post​​​​​

  • Selected Presentations: Yale, Chicago Harris, Bonn, NBER Organizational Economics, NBER Summer Institute, Barcelona GSE, Life & Legacy of Douglass North, Oxford-Warwick-LSE Workshop in Economic History, Cliometric Society

"The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Affirmative Action: Evidence from Imperial China", 2021, with B. Zhang 

Draft Available Upon Request

  • Selected Presentations: UCL, Oxford, POLECONUK (Video), BSE Summer Forum, STEG Workshop: Political Economy and Public Investment, EHA, EHS, WEHC 2018, ASSA 2017

"Violence and Missing Women in China", 2020, with T. Sng and S. Zhong


Work in Progress​

Women and Asylums 

  • Selected Presentations: LSE, Warwick, King's College London, HU Berlin, EHS, SSHA

Extreme Poverty and a Culture of Violence


"Folklore", with S. Michalopoulos                          

Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2021, 136 (4), 1993–2046.

Editor's Choice     Slides  Data  Appendix

EnDevEcon, Boston GlobeDevelopment Impact, LSE Economic History

  • Selected Presentations: Toulouse, Pompeu Fabra, Nottingham, LEAP, WEHC 2018

"Friends from Afar: The Taiping Rebellion, Cultural Proximity and Primary Schooling in the Lower Yangzi,1850-1949", with Y. Hao   

Explorations in Economic History, 63 (2017): 44-69.      Slides

Book Reviews & Book Chapters

"Folklore". In: Kurtz, L.R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, vol. 4. Academic Press, 2022. 

Book Review for "M. Tanimoto and R. B. Wong, Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy: Comparative Perspectives from Japan, China, and Europe"

Economic History Review, 73 (2020): 335-336.

Older Working Papers

​"Raising Dragon", 2014, with J. V. C. Nye

Media Coverage: Freakonomics