Seminars: China Economy

Term:  Spring 2021 (with occasional seminars in Fall 2020) 
Location:  via ZOOM
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Meeting Time:  Wednesdays at 8pm EST
- We hope this time works for most participants (it will be 9am in China (GMT + 8).
- The Seminar Zoom will be recorded, for PST and GMT 0-1 time zones 
- Day of week may vary as needed to accomodate speakers

Description:  This seminar provides a forum for faculty, graduate students, and research fellows in economics and other fields to present and discuss research and scholarship on the economic and social transformation of China. The seminar will give special attention to the Covid19 pandemic, the environmental, technological, and social changes that are accompanying China's extraordinary economic development and to the links between Chinese and US economies. 
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Joint with Seminar in the Economics of Science & Engineering (HBS-SBBI)
Web Feb 3 @ 8pm


Wed Feb 3 @ 8pm


THIS SEMINAR will be joint with Seminar on Economics of Science & Engineering


SPEAKER:  Xiaoying LI
TITLE: "Robot Use and Export Upgrading" (paper joint with Qiren Liu and Richard B. Freeman) 
As a new general-purpose technology widely used across the world, robots have radically transform industries as well as firms behavior. Using firm-product level data from the Custom of China, this paper compares the exported products quality of firms who use robots to those who do not within the same industry from 2006 to 2012 to find out the effect of robot adoption on export upgrading. First, robot adoption has significantly positive effects on export product quality, reflected in rising demand quantities and product prices. Second, difference in difference specifications together with propensity score matching (PSM) is used to solve endogeneous problems caused by selection bias. Robot use in Europe is used as instrument variable to solve endogenous problems caused by unobservable missing variables and reverse causal relation and the coefficients of robot adoption on product quality remain significantly positive. Thirdly, heterogeneous effects of robots on product quality are studied. We divide products into homogenous goods and differentiated goods, and find that robot use improves product quality and prices for differentiated goods, not for homogenous goods. Furthermore, robot use enlarges firm’s export products types and countries of export destinations.
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Wed Feb 10 @ 8pm

SPEAKER: Tanggang Yuan (Peking University)
TITLE: ​"Would the Grandparents Save China’s Demographic Crisis?” (paper joint with Zhixiang Geng (Wuhan University) and Richard B. Freeman)
ABSTRACT: As China faces the diminishing demographic dividend, the government has abolished the one-child policy to increase fertility. Building a theoretical model incorporating grandparents’ childcare factor and using China Family Panel Studies 2016 (CFPS 2016), we investigate whether the availability of grandparents’ childcare would increase the number of children in the household. Our empirical analysis shows families with grandparents’ childcare have 0.14 more children without their counterparts. This conclusion stands out a series of robustness and heterogeneity checks. Our findings suggest that the informal grandparents’ childcare is important in increasing fertility in China.
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China Economy Seminar Files

XIE-Qingnan_11-20-20_"Chinese Diaspora Researchers in the US: Contributing to US science discoveries and connecting US and China science"  (paper joint w/ Richard  Freeman) 
XIE-Qingnan_related paper_“The Contribution of Chinese Diaspora Researchers to China's Catching up in Global Science and High-Tech Industries"

WAGNER_10-2-20_"Consolidation in a Crisis: Patterns of International Collaboration in COVID-19 Research" (paper joint with Caroline V. Fry, Xiajing Cai, and Yi Zhang)
CHEN-Tao_Seeing Is Behaving_Ec2342ppt_2Feb2019.pdf
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_1-18-17.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17-1.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17-2.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2018_2-27-18.pdf
Ec2342_schedule_TO-POST_Spring 2016_3-21-16.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO-POST_Spring 2016_4-5-16.docx
Ec2342_schedule-TO-POST_Fall 2015_11-24-15.pdf
Ec2342_schedule-TO-POST_Spring 2016_4-13-16.docx
HALEGUA-Aaron_Legal Preemption in China_ec2342_25Oct2017.pdf
LIU-Meijun_2_Knowledge flow in China’s humanities and social sciences_ec2888r_22Nov2017.pdf
LU-Ming_Georgraphy vs Policy_11-9-16-1.pdf
QIAN-Xuechao_ABSTRACT_Educ Investment or Family Background - A Tale of Two Mechanisms in Intergenerational Mobility_3-23-16.pdf
ZAX-Jeff_18-Oct-2017_Interregional Inequality in Urban China_Sept16.pdf
ZHUGE-Liqun_9-20-17_Can Environmental Regulations Drive Firms Innovation_w-Matt-Higgins-and-RBFreeman.pdf