Faculty & Research

  • Carbon neutrality can lead to new economic miracle

    At the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Xi pledged that China will make every effort to peak its carbonemissions before 2030 and achieve carbonneutrality before 2060. Recently, dean Liu Qiao noted in China Daily that to achieve this goal, China must focus on digitaltransformation, of which the high cost will create significant investment opportunities. These opportunities will contribute to the short-term development of the Chinese economy and the long-term development of China's overall socioeconomic development. Both macro policies of the government and support from micro market subjects are essential to carbon neutrality.

    Oct 11, 2021

  • Market-Expanding or Market-Stealing? Competition with Network Effects in Bike-Sharing

    In a recent paper forthcoming at RAND Journal of Economics, Professors Xi Weng and Li-An Zhou and their coauthors exploit the staggered entry of two dockless bike-sharing firms to study whether the entrant expands or steals the market from the incumbent firm. Compared with the cities without entry, the entry helps the incumbent to serve more trips, make more bike investment, achieve higher revenue per trip, improve bike utilization, and form a wider and more dispersed network. The market-expanding effect on new users dominates a significant market-stealing effect on old users. These findings, plus a theory that highlights consumer search and network effects, suggest that a market with positive network effects and multi-homing users is not necessarily winner-takes-all.

    Sep 28, 2021

  • Targeted information and limited attention

    Companies in the era of digital economy have access to comprehensive and detailed data of consumers, which, together with the rapid development of targeting technology, has allowed them to send personalized messages to their potential customers. But why are we still constantly overwhelmed by seemingly ill-targeted messages? In a recent research paper published in the RAND journal of E...

    Sep 23, 2021

  • How difficult is it to be a mother in modern society?

    For a long time, we have not hesitated to praise our mothers with noble phrases such as "selflessness", "giving" and "dedicated". Even so, we may have greatly underestimated the huge cost associated with the role of "mother". How difficult is it to be a mother in modern society? Professor Jin Li and Professor Wang Hui analyze this question from an economic perspective.

    Sep 8, 2021

  • Location Choice, Portfolio Choice

    Can you imagine that households tend to buy the stocks of firms near where they live? What factors may influence such decision? Professor Jiangmin Xu, collaborated with other scholars, found out the mystical role of proximity behind the local bias puzzle.

    Sep 3, 2021

  • Do people feel less at risk: Evidence from disaster experience?

    Will people feel more risk after experiencing catastrophic disasters? While the intuitive answer is yes, a recent study by Prof. Yu-Jane Liu shows that earthquake survivors might feel less risk after their “lucky” experience of earthquakes that caused lower-than-expected casualties.

    Aug 17, 2021

  • Dean Liu Qiao Underlines Structural Issues in Analysis of China's Mid-year Data

    As semi-annual data highlights China's continued post-Covid-19 recovery, Guanghua's Dean Liu Qiao reviews the trio of investment, import and consumption as primary growth-driving forces and recommends policies to address structural issues in the later half.

    Jul 19, 2021

  • Housework Politics: A Deeper Look into Couples’ Purchase Intention

    Mundane as it is, housework is often the trigger of existential debates among married couples. Guanghua professor Fu Guoqun studies the connection between couples’ division of labor and their intention to buy home appliances, explaining why adverts stressing housekeeping hardships are more effective.

    Jul 15, 2021

  • Professor Calls for Scientific Evaluation System for China’s Rural Vitalization

    Recently, China has set its sights on boosting rural development and accelerating modernization of agriculture and rural areas. Professor Tang Yao proposes that we need new measurement standards and evaluation system to gauge progress and development that takes into consideration each region’s unique strength and characters.

    Jul 7, 2021

  • Imitation, Innovation, and Technological Complexity: Foreign Knowledge Spillovers in China

    ​Professor Han Pengfei collaborated with his peers to examine the phenomenon of foreign knowledge spillovers in China. In this study, the team found that over time, Chinese firms have gained leadership over foreign firms in China both in terms of production and patenting. However, while foreign firms have lost market leadership in low-tech (simple) industries, they have maintained strong leadership in high-tech (complex) industries. Exploring foreign knowledge spillovers using patent citations data, the team also shows that only firms in low-tech (simple) industries eventually decrease their reliance on foreign knowledge for innovation. The findings suggest that imitation is a path to indigenous innovation only in low-tech (simple) industries and point to the need of industry-specific policies.

    Jun 29, 2021

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