Working Papers

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

Melanie Meng Xue

New version coming soon

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

Latest version: April 2020


"Folklore", 2019

Stelios Michalopoulos, Melanie Meng Xue

NBER Working Paper No. 25430

Revision Requested , Quarterly Journal of Economics

Work in Progress


Extreme Poverty and a Culture of Violence

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


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 NyeMelanie Meng Xue