Working Papers

"High-Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China", 2020 (Revised from November 2018)

Melanie Meng Xue

"Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China", 2020
Melanie Meng Xue

"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", 2015

John Nye, Melanie Meng Xue