Economic Transition and Private-Sector Labor Demand: Evidence from Urban China” (with Lakshmi Iyer, Xin Meng and Xiaoxue Zhao) (2013) NBER Working Paper 19733. Accepted at the Journal of Comparative Economics.

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

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) NBER Working Paper 21914. Forthcoming in the Journal of Human Capital.

Life Cycle Wage Growth Across Countries (with Benjamin Moll, David Lagakos, Tommaso Porzio and Todd Schoellman) The Journal of Political Economy 126(2), 2018 April, p. 797-849.

Government Distortion in Independently Owned Media: Evidence from U.S. Cold War News Coverage of Human Rights" (with David Yanagizawa-Drott) Forthcoming in The Journal of European Economics Association, 15(2), 2017 April, p. 463-499.

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 AidThe 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. Online Appendix.

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.

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. Online 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 Imbalance,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.

“The 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: Evidence on the Autocrat's Trade-off" (with Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padró-i-Miquel and Yang Yao) (2017). Revise and Resubmit at the American Economic Review.

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

Making Democracy Work: Formal Institutions and Culture in Rural China” (with Gerard Padro-i-Miquel, Yiqing Xu and Yang Yao) (2017). Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of European Economic Association.

Aid Crowd-Out: The Interaction of NGO- and Government-Provided Public Services (2019) (with Erika Deserrano and Aisha Nansamba)

The Dynamic Effects of Computerized VAT Invoices on Chinese Manufacturing Firms" (with Haichao Fan, Yu Liu and Jaya Wen (2018) NBER Working Paper 24414.

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

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

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

On the Road: Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Growth in China” (with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo) (2012) NBER Working Paper 17897. Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Development Economics.

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.

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

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

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


"Missing women in China" In preparation for the
Journal of Economic Literature

"Repeated information: Evidence from a field experiment in China" (with Jie Bai and Donghee Jo)

"Holomodor: Understanding the determinants of the Soviet Famine, 1932-33" (with Andrei Markevich, Natalya Naumenko, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya)

"Stress and In-Group Preferences" (with Johannes Haushauffer, Nathan Nunn and Sara Lowes)

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