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Xiaoxue Zhao

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics


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BA Yale University
PHD Yale University

Xiaoxue Zhao

Xiaoxue Zhao conducts research in development economics, political economy, and applied microeconomics. She is insterested in studying how the interplay of market conditions, social and political organization, and institutions affects economic behavior. Much of her research focuses on how political factors and the market or social constraints faced by developing economies shape their choice of institutions and how those choices then influence economic outcomes. Some of her recent projects have examined rural communities' land and labor allocation under communal tenure, the determinants and implications of private property rights,  and the impact of fiscal capacity on resource misallocation and economic development.  She has ongoing projects that investigate the design and effects of agricultural marketing cooperatives and the value of political connections for firms.

Xiaoxue received both her B.A. in Economics and Political Science and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. She is currently a research associate in the Department of Economics at Yale University.

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Fall 2019
ECON 363 - 01
Chinese Econ Growth