Nancy Qian




On the Road: Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Growth in China” (with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo) (2018) NBER Working Paper 17897. Accepted at the Journal of Development Economics.

Immigrants and the Making of America” (with Nathan Nunn and Sandra Sequeira) Forthcoming at the Review of Economic Studies. NBER Working Paper 23289.

Economic Transition and Private-Sector Labor Demand: Evidence from Urban China” (with Lakshmi Iyer, Xin Meng and Xiaoxue Zhao) (2013) NBER Working Paper 19733. Journal of Comparative Economics, 47(3), September 2019, p. 579-600.

Quantity-Quality and the One Child Policy: The Positive Effect of Family Size on School Enrollment in China” (2017) Forthcoming in Gender and Development, UNU Wider Oxford University Press.

Lifecycle Human Capital Accumulation Across Countries: Evidence from U.S. Immigrants” with Benjamin Moll, David Lagakos, Tommaso Porzio and Todd Schoellman) (2017) Forthcoming in The Journal of Human Capital. NBER Working Paper 21914.

Government Distortion in Independently Owned Media: Evidence from U.S. Cold War News Coverage of Human Rights “(with David Yanagizawa-Drott) The Journal of European Economics Association, 15(2), 2017.

“Life Cycle Wage Growth Across Countries” (with Benjamin Moll, David Lagakos, Tommaso Porzio and Todd Schoellman) Forthcoming in
The Journal of Political Economy. NBER Working Paper 18602.

The Institutional Causes of Famine in China, 1959-61” (with Xin Meng and Pierre Yared) The Review of Economic Studies, 82(4), 2015, p. 1568-1611.

Making Progress on Foreign Aid The Annual Review of Economics, Vol 7, 2015 August, p. 277-308.

U.S. Food Aid and Civil Conflict” (with Nathan Nunn) The American Economic Review, 104(6), 2014 June, p. 1630-1666.

More Missing Women, Fewer Dying Girls: The Impact of Abortion on Sex Ratios at Birth and Excess Female Mortality in Taiwan” (with Ming-Jen Lin and Jin-Tan Liu) The Journal of European Economic Association, 12(4), 2014 August, p. 899-926. Awarded as “The Excellent Research Paper” by the Taiwan Economic Association in 2018.

The Impact of Potatoes on Old World Population and Urbanization” (with Nathan Nunn), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 126(2), May 2011, p. 593-650. Web Appendix.

The Columbian Exchange: a Historical Change in Food, Disease and Ideas” (with Nathan Nunn) The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(2), 2010 Spring, p. 163-188.

The Strategic Determinants of U.S. Human Rights Reporting: Evidence from the Cold War” (with David Yanagizawa) The Journal of European Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, 7(2-3), 2009 May-June, p. 446-457.

Income Inequality and Progressive Income Taxation in China and India, 1986-2010” (with Thomas Piketty) American Economic Journal – Applied Economics, 1(2), 2009 April, p. 53-63.

Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of Sex-Specific Income on Sex Im-balance,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123(3), 2008 August, p.1251-1285.


“Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of Sex-Specific Earnings on Sex Imbalance,”
China Labor Economics Vol. 3, Beijing: China Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2007, pp. 3-28. (Chinese)

“Village Governance in China”,
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China, Ch. 53, Oxford University Press, 2014 November.

he Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World,” (with Nathan Nunn) African Successes: Sustainable Growth, Vol. 4, University of Chicago Press, 2014 May.


The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China: Theory and Empirical Evidence on the Autocrat’s Tradeoff” with Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padró-i-Miquel and Yang Yao (2017) NBER Working Paper 24032. Revise and Resubmit at the American Economic Review.

Making Democracy Work: Culture, Social Capital and Elections in China” (with Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padro-i-Miquel, Yiqing Xu and Yang Yao) (2017). Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of European Economic Review.

Social Fragmentation, Elections and Public Goods: Evidence from China” (with Gerard Pa-dro-i-Miquel and Yang Yao) (2012) NBER Working Paper w18633. Invited for resubmission at the Journal of Public Economics.

“Winter is Coming: The Long-run Effects of Climate Change on Conflict, 1400-1900” (with Murat Iyigun and Nathan Nunn) (2016) NBER Working Paper 23033.

The Long-run Effects of Agricultural Productivity on Conflict, 1400-1900” (with Murat Iyigun and Nathan Nunn) (2017) NBER Working Paper 24066

Choosing Racial Identity in the United States, 1880-1940” (with Ricardo Dahis and Emily Nix)

Aid Crowd-Out: The Effect of NGOs on Government-Provided Public Services” (with Erika Deserranno and Aisha Nansamba)

Distrust and Political Turnover” (with Nathan Nunn and Jaya Wen) (2017) NBER Working Paper 24184.

The Dynamic Effects of Computerizing VAT Invoices on Chinese Manufacturing Firms” (with Haichao Fan, Yu Liu and Jaya Wen) (2020) NBER Working Paper 24414

News Content in Government-Controlled Media" (with Zhao Chen, Georgy Egorov, Jing-bing Feng and Heyu Xiong) (2019)

Aggregate Fertility and Household Savings: A General Equilibrium Analysis using Micro data” (with Abhijit Banerjee, Xin Meng and Tommaso Porzio) (2014) NBER Working Paper w20050.

The Long-run Impact of Famine on Survivors: Evidence from China’s Great Famine 1959-61” (with Xin Meng) (2009) NBER Working Paper w14917.


The Fluidity of Race: `Passing’ in the United States, 1880-1940” (with Emily Nix) (2015) NBER Working Paper 20828.

Understanding the Influence of Government-Owned Media: Evidence from Air Pollution in China” (with Jie Bai, Mikhail Golosov, Kai Yan) (2015)

he Rise of China and the Natural Resource Curse in Africa” with Erik Meyersson and Gerard Padro i Miquel (2008).


“Missing Women in China” in preparation for the
Journal of Economic Literature

"Stress and In-Group Preferences: Evidence from a Lab-in-the Field Experiment" (with Johannes Haushauffer, Nathan Nunn and Sara Lowes)

“The Social Contract and Racial Discrimination: Evidence from Black WWII Volunteer Enlistment” (with Marco Tabellini)

“The Cultural Revolution and China’s Political Labor Market” (with Shuo Chen and Gerard Padro-i-Miquel)

“Going Nuclear: Accidents, Democratic Accountability and Climate Change” (with Alexey Makarin)

“Panem en Circenses?” (with Edoardo Teso)

"The influence of social trust on patient medical behavior: Evidence from C-sections" (with Gabriella Santangelo and Jaya Wen)

“The Power of Repetition: Evidence from a Field Experiment in China" (with Jie Bai and Donghee Jo)