Research Interest: 1) Econometrics (Distributional/Nonparametric Analysis and Causal Inference); 2) Labor and Demographic Economics, Health Economics; 3) Public Economics; 4) Growth Empirics




Please refer to my CV for a complete list of publications.


Google Scholar Citation Counts [Link]


Forthcoming Publications

     [1] What Can We Learn Abouth the Racial Gap in the Presence of Sample Selection? (with Essie Maasoumi),

          accepted, Journal of Econometrics

     [2] The Robust Relationship Between US Food Aid and Civil Confict (with Chi-Yang Chu and Daniel J. Henderson),

          accepted, Journal of Applied Econometrics

     [3] The Three Is of Public Schools: Irrelevant Inputs, Insufficient Resources, and Inefficiency (with Daniel J. Henderson 
andLeopold Simar), forthcoming, Applied Economics


     [4] Knot Yet: Minimum Marriage Age Law, Marriage Delay, and Earnings, (with Chunbei Wang), accepted,

         Journal of Population Economics

     [5] Informal Search, Bad Search? (with Yuanyuan Chen and Min Zhang), accepted, Journal of Population Economics


     [6] The Distribution of Returns to Education for People with Disabilities (with Daniel J. Henderon,

         and Andrew Houtenville), accepted, Journal of Labor Research




Under Revision


     [1] The Gender Earnings Gap: Measurement and Analysis, (with Essie Maasoumi), 4th-round Revision submitted,

         Journal of Political Economy

    [2] Parallel Lives of Hard Hitting Criminals: Evidence from NCAA Football (with Carl Kitchens and Matthew Philip Makofske), revision requested



Work in Progress


     [3] Your American Dream is Not Mine! A New Approach to Estimating Intergenerational Mobility Elasticities (with Yonghong An

     and Ruli Xiao)


     [4] SNAP, Diet Quality, and Obesity: Some Answers to "Thorny Questions?" (with S. Chen)


     [5] The Politics of Environmental Enforcement (with Per G. Fredriksson),