National University of Singapore, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore
Income inequality and mobility, demography, and the Chinese labor market
Visiting Scholar, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, USA, 2008–2009; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of New South Wales, Australia, 1998–1999
PhD Economics, University of Western Ontario, 1999
“Willingness to fight on: Environmental quality in dynamic contests.” RAND Journal of Economics (Forthcoming) (with J. Lu and A. Salvo).
“Adversity-hope hypothesis: Air pollution raises daily lottery demand in China.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 62 (2021): 247–280 (with S. H. Chew and A. Salvo).
“Declining discount rates in Singapore's market for privately developed apartments.” Journal of Applied Economics (Forthcoming) (with E. Fesselmeyer and A. Salvo).
“Air pollution as a determinant of food delivery and related plastic waste.” Nature Human Behaviour 5 (2020): 212–220 (with J. Chu and A. Salvo).
“Superstition, conspicuous spending, and housing markets: Evidence from Singapore.” Management Science 66:2 (2020): 783–804 (with J. He, T. F. Soon, and W. K. Wong).
The quantity–quality fertility–education trade-off Updated
Policies to reduce fertility in developing countries generally boost education levels, but only slightlyHaoming LiuLi Li, March 2022At the national level, it has long been observed that a country's average education level is negatively associated with its total fertility rate. At the household level, it has also been well documented that children's education is negatively associated with the number of children in the family. Do these observations imply a causal relationship between the number of children and the average education level (the quantity–quality trade-off)? A clear answer to this question will help both policymakers and researchers evaluate the total benefit of family planning policies, both policies to lower fertility and policies to boost it.MoreLess