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​​​​​


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

Draft Available Upon Request

IMHOS, Oxford

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


Work in Progress​

Women and Asylums 

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

"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