Weiguo Zhang

Shandong University, China

I am excited and honored to be a part of this innovative project. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the latest state of research on a wide range of issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Center for Economic Research, Shandong University, China

Research interest

Language, labor, education, and development


PhD Economics, Shandong University, 2008

Selected publications

  • Towards an Economic Approach to Language: An Elementary Framework. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2016 (in Chinese).

  • "English listening, speaking, and earnings among workers in urban China." Education Economics 28:2 (2020) 211–223 (with D. Lien).

  • "How can language be linked to economics?: A survey of two strands of research." Language Problems and Language Planning 37:3 (2013): 203–226 (with G. Grenier).

  • "Language as human capital, public good and institution." Economic Research Journal 43:2 (2008): 144–154 (in Chinese).