Working Papers

High-Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China, 2018

Melanie Meng Xue

Recently presented at: IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting for Labor Economists, Amherst College (Asian Languages and Civilizations), 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

Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China, 2018
Melanie Meng XueMark Koyama

Latest version: April 2020


Recently presented at: NYU QCSS-3, 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

Folklore, 2019

Stelios Michalopoulos, Melanie Meng Xue

NBER Working Paper No. 25430

Revision Requested 

Recently presented at: HKU, King's College London, STRICTED, 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


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

Melanie Meng Xue

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

"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