Jin WANG 王瑾
PhD London School of Economics, UK, 2010
Associate Professor

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Jin Wang is an associate professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was educated at the Tsinghua University of China for her BA and MA in Economics before getting her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Chinese Economy. She published on topics related to place-based policies –the Chinese Special Economic Zones – in journal of development economics. Her work (with Pei Li and Yi Lu) examined a causal relationship between the flattening of a government hierarchy and economic performance in China. Recently, she has worked with L. Rachel Ngai and Christopher Pissarides on the mobility barriers that are embedded in the hukou household registration system of China, and formally derived their implications for employment allocations. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the American Economic Journal, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, and Journal of Comparative Economics.
Research Interests
  • Development Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Chinese Economy
Representative Publications
  • Pei Li, Yi Lu and Jin Wang (2016), “Does Flattening Government Improve Economic Performance? Evidence from China”, Journal of Development Economics, vol. 123, page 18–37.
  • Jin Wang (2013), “The Economic Impact of Special Economic Zones: Evidence from Chinese Municipalities”, Journal of Development Economics, vol.101, page 133-147.
  • Mingzhi Li and Jin Wang (2009), "China's Telecommunications Industry: Transformation and Challenges", in Peter Wilson (ed.), Policies and Social Welfare in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses for China and Thailand, Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia.
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 5720: Economic Development in China
  • SOSC1420: Poverty