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Working Papers​

"High-Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China," 2023    

Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies​

"Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China," 2021

Under Revision

Quantitative History Blog, Washington Post​​​​​

  • Selected Presentations: Bonn, Chicago Harris, Yale, NBER Organizational Economics, NBER Summer Institute, Barcelona GSE, Life & Legacy of Douglass North, Oxford-Warwick-LSE Workshop in Economic History, Cliometric Society

"The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Affirmative Action: Evidence from Imperial China," 2023, with B. Zhang 

  • Selected Presentations: Penn, Notre Dame, Oxford, UCL, POLECONUK, NBER Economics of Culture and Institutions, BSE Summer Forum, CAGE Economic History Workshop, STEG, Northwestern New Economic History of China Conference, EHA, EHS, WEHC 2018, ASSA 2017/2022

"Violence and Missing Women in China," 2024, with T. Sng and S. Zhong

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


Selected Work in Progress​

"Women and Asylums"

"British Industrialization and Cultural Change," with E. Ash (draft coming soon)

"Values of China" (draft coming soon)


"Folklore," with S. Michalopoulos                   

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

Editor's Choice  PDF  Slides  Data  Appendix

"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

Older Working Papers

​"Raising Dragon," 2014, with J. V. C. Nye

Media Coverage: Freakonomics

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