Curriculum Vitae


Experimental Economics, Preference Formation, Culture and Economics, Political Economy



Associate Professor (with tenure), University of New South Wales, School of Economics, UNSW Business School, Sydney, Australia (2019 – present)

Associate Professor (with tenure), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Division of Social Science, Kowloon, Hong Kong (2019)

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Division of Social Science, Kowloon, Hong Kong (2011 – 2019)

Visiting Assistant Professor, U.C. Berkeley, Department of Economics (Fall 2011)



Ph.D., Economics, U.C. Berkeley (2005-2011)
B.A., Economics, Stanford University (1997-2001)


“Persistent Political Engagement: Social Interactions and the Dynamics of Protest Movements” (with Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, and Noam Yuchtman). (Conditionally accepted, American Economic Review: Insights)


“Multiple Switching and Data Quality in the Multiple Price List” (with Chi Wai Yu and Xuejing Zuo). (Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics)


“Protests as Strategic Games: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement” (with Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, and Noam Yuchtman). Quarterly Journal of Economics, (2019), 134(2), 1021-1077.


“Culture, Institutions, and the Gender Gap in Competitive Inclination: Evidence from the Communist Experiment in China.” Economic Journal, (2019), 129(617), 509-552.


“Curriculum and Ideology” (with Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, and Noam Yuchtman). Journal of Political Economy, (2017), 125(2), 338-392.


“Competing for the benefit of offspring eliminates the gender gap in competitiveness” (with Alessandra Cassar and Feven Wordofa). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (2016), 113(19), 5201-5205.



“The Fundamental Determinants of Anti-Authoritarianism,” (with Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, and Noam Yuchtman).


“Can Experimental Economics Explain Competitive Behavior Outside the Lab?”



“The Competitive Woman” (with Alessandra Cassar).


“Does Media Reporting on Corruption Influence Beliefs about Fairness?” (with Xincheng Ge).



“Introduction to special issue on ‘Economic experiments in the lab and in the field in developing countries’” (with Bertil Tungodden and Shachar Kariv). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (2015), 118, 1.


2019: School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua Unviversity)


2018: Behavioral and Experimental Economics Seminar (University of Zurich), GBA ExpEcon Workshop (City University of Hong Kong)


2017: Department of Economics (NYU Shanghai), Camerer Lab (Caltech), Department of Economics (Claremont Graduate University), Department of Economics (U.C. Merced), Department of Economics (University of San Francisco), Department of Economics (NUS)


2016: Research Institute of Economics and Management (Southwest University of Finance and Economics), School of Economics (UNSW Business School, UNSW), School of Economics and Finance (University of Hong Kong)


2015: Department of Economics (Lingnan University), Division of Social Science (HKUST), Workshop on Comparative Studies of Regional Governance in China and Russia (HKUST), ASSA Association for Comparative Economic Studies Session (Boston)


2014: Workshop on Minimum Wages and Employment in China, Hong Kong, and the World (HKUST), International Economic Association 17th World Congress (Dead Sea, Jordan), 5th Annual SEBA-GATE Workshop (Fudan University)


2013: Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (Norwegian School of Economics), Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (NUS), IAS Program on Human Resources and Economic Development (HKUST), Conference on Human Resources and Economic Development (HKUST)


2012: Guanghua School of Management (Beijing University), Antai College of Economics and Management (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)


2011: Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (U.C. Berkeley), Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference (Yale University), China Economics Summer Institute (Tsinghua University), Population Association of America Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.), Department of Economics (University of Western Ontario), Economic Research Service (USDA), Department of Economics (Santa Clara University), Department of Economics (Williams College), Department of Economics (NUS), Division of Social Science (HKUST)


Hopkins China Forum (Johns Hopkins SAIS), Center for Global Asia (NYU Shanghai)



Behavioural Economics, Undergraduate (Term 1, 2020)

Quantitative Analysis in Social Science, Graduate (Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019)
Introduction to Economics, Undergraduate (Fall 2014, Spring 2019)
Social Research Methods, Graduate (Fall 2013, Fall 2012)
Behavioral Games, Undergraduate (Spring 2013, Fall 2018)

Quantitative Methods for Social Science, Undergraduate (Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)


MPhil Student Supervision: Yuan Tian, Yao Gong, Xincheng Ge
MPhil Thesis Committee: Yuan Tian, Yao Gong, Xiaoyue Shan, Jiaying Chen, Xincheng Ge, Jun Fang


PhD Thesis Committee: Shuang Shi, Jiaxin Xie, Lingwei Wu
PhD Qualifying Exam Committee: Lingwei Wu, Jiaying Chen (Chair), Shuang Shi, Ruozhi Xu


Guest editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (special issue on Economic
Experiments in Developing Countries) Volume 118, 1-414 (October 2015)

Co-organizer of First, Second and Third Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries in
2011 (UC Berkeley), 2012 (UC Berkeley), and 2013 (Norwegian School of Economics)




American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, China Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Journal, Economica, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Transition, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science


Human Nature, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scientific Reports


2017-2022             €637,500        ERC Starting Grant, with HKUST as the Partner Institution; Co-I

2016-2019             HK$90,000    School Based Initiative, HKUST SHSS; PI

2013-2016             HK$493,100   RGC Early Career Scheme; PI

2012-2014             HK$100,000   RGC Direct Allocation Grant; PI



2013 Research Grants Council, ECS Award (for top proposals)

2010 U.C. Berkeley, Institute for Business and Economic Research, Dissertation Research Award

2008 U.C. Berkeley, Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship

2001 Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa



Languages: English (native), Mandarin (native), Shanghainese (native), French (fair)
Citizenship: USA