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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

Under Revision

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", 2023, with B. Zhang 

  • Selected Presentations: UCL, Oxford, Notre Dame, POLECONUK (Video), BSE Summer Forum, STEG Workshop: Political Economy and Public Investment, EHA, EHS, WEHC, ASSA 2017/2022

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


Selected Work in Progress​

Women and Asylums 

  • Selected Presentations: LSE, Warwick, King's College London, St Andrews, Universidad Carlos III, HU Berlin, EHS, SSHA


"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

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