• Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, 2007-2012
    • Thesis title: “Gradualism in Coordination and Trust Building”
Professor of Economics                           Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management     
Department of Economics                       J. F. Kennedy School of Government       
Stanford University                                   Harvard University                       

Iris Bohnet                                                 Alberto Alesina
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


  • Sep 2015 -              Assistant Professor, 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

  • Public Economics, Experimental & Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics
  • Development Economics, Political Economy

Current Research

  • Pro-social behavior (public goods, cooperation, coordination, trust), team incentives 
  • Life Quality, 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., inequality, fairness, redistribution), public opinion, media
  • Income distribution, inequality, charity and redistribution