• Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, 2007-2012
    • Thesis title: “Gradualism in Coordination and Trust Building”
Raj Chetty (main advisor)                                     Brigitte Madrian (main advisor)
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics         Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management     
Department of Economics                                    J. F. Kennedy School of Government       
Harvard University                                                Harvard University                                   
Iris Bohnet                                                           Alberto Alesina
Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy            Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy
J. F. Kennedy School of Government                 Department of Economics             
Harvard University                                               Harvard University                          

  • M.Phil., Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005-2007
  • M.E., Information and Communication Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2002-2005
  • B.E., Communication Engineering, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University, 1998-2002


  • Jan 2020 -                    Associate Professor, School of Business, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Aug 2017 -  Dec 2019     Associate Professor, Xiamen University
  • Sep 2015 - July 2017 Assistant Professor, School of Economics, and Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Xiamen University
  • 2012 - Aug 2015    Assistant Professor, Renmin University of China
    • Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance
  • 2008 - 2009           Research Assistant (part-time), for Prof Lily L. Tsai, MIT Political Science Department
  • 2008 Summer        Short Term Consultant, World Bank Group    
  • 2006 Summer        Research Assistant, for Prof Hongbin Li, CUHK

Research Fields

  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics with Applications in Business and Policy
  • Public Economics and Public Policy, Political Economy
  • Personnel, Human Resources, Labor and Development Economics


Current Research

  • Pro-social behavior (public goods, cooperation, coordination, trust), organizational behavior, team incentives 
  • Quality of life, subjective well-being (e.g., happiness, life satisfaction, mental well-being), mental health 
  • Social preferences (e.g., altruism, reciprocity, inequity/equity aversion, social status) 
  • Economic and political psychology/attitudes (e.g., regarding inequality, fairness, redistribution, the role of government), public opinion, media
  • Welfare distribution, inequality, and redistribution
  • Charitable giving and charitable sector, corporate social responsibility, state-society-corporate relationship