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Working Papers​

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

Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies​

First Version WP  Discussion

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

Quantitative History Blog, Washington Post​​​​​

  • Selected Presentations: Bonn, Chicago Harris, Yale, NBER Organizational Economics, NBER Summer Institute, Barcelona GSE

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

  • Selected Presentations: Notre Dame, Oxford, Penn, UCL, POLECONUK, NBER Economics of Culture and Institutions, BSE Summer Forum, Northwestern New Economic History of China Conference, ASSA 2017/2022

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

New draft coming

  • Selected Presentations: LSE China Research Day, India-China Workshop at PSE

"Values of China" 

  • Selected Presentations: AMSE, Helsinki GSE, Harvard Workshop on Historical Kinship, Psychology, and Economic Prosperity,  KCL Workshop in Comparative Politics and Political Economy


Selected Work in Progress​

"Women and Asylums" (draft coming soon)

"British Industrialization and Cultural Change: Evidence From the Use of Proverbs," with E. Ash (draft coming soon)

“Raising Dragons,” with J. Nye.


"Folklore," with S. Michalopoulos

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

Editor's Choice  PDF  Appendix  Slides  Data  Workshop ​​

"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.  PDF  Slides

Book Reviews & Book Chapters

Book Review for "D. Ma and R. Von Glahn, The Cambridge Economic History of China. Volume II," Economic History Review, 76 (2023): 989-990. PDF 

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

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. PDF

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