Working Papers


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

Recently presented at: IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting for Labor Economists, Amherst College, SITE (Stockholm), North American Meeting of the Econometric Society, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum:  Towards Sustained Economic Growth, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Copenhagen, NYU Stern, Northwestern Development Lunch, Northwestern Economic History Seminar, Brown Macroeconomics Seminar, ASSA-EHA Panel



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

Melanie Meng XueMark Koyama

Recently presented at: QCSS-3 (NYU Politics), WPSA Mini-Conference on Autocratic Politics, NBER Organizational Economics, NYUAD, Chicago Harris, CKGSB, UC San Diego, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum: V Calvó-Armengol Workshop, UC Davis, Cliometric Society, Stanford Political Science, Queen's University Belfast, Higher School of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder, Stanford Economics, Life & Legacy of Douglass North Conference, NEUDC, NBER Summer Institute




Stelios Michalopoulos, Melanie Meng Xue

NBER Working Paper No. 25430

Revision Requested 

Recently presented at: CEPR, CAGE, Southern Denmark, Bergen, Kellogg-Harvard PED Conference, Oslo, CIREQ PED Workshop, Harvard, ASREC, Nottingham, Berkeley Haas, Northwestern, Chicago Harris, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Bocconi, GWU, Simon Fraser, WEHC-The Impact of Religion on Economic Outcomes,  UC San Diego, Deep-Rooted Factors in Comparative Development (Brown), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Toulouse IAST, New Economic School


Review of M. Tanimoto and R. B. Wong, Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy: Comparative Perspectives from Japan, China, and Europe, in Economic History Review, forthcoming

Melanie Meng Xue

"Friends from Afar: Migration, Cultural Proximity and Primary Schooling in Lower Yangzi,1850-1949"

Yu Hao, Melanie Meng Xue

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

Older Working Papers

"Raising Dragon"

John Nye, Melanie Meng Xue