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LI Lixing

Professor, China Center for Economic Research

National School of Development, Peking University

Office Phone Number:+86-10-62759485


Research Interests

Development Economics, Human Capital, Public Finance, Political Economy, Urban Economics


Education Background

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Maryland2008

B.A. in Economics, Tsinghua University, 2002



Full Professor with Tenure, National School of Development, Peking University, 2018-

Associate Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, 2011-2018

Assistant Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, 2008-2011


Recent Research Papers in English

1.         “Number of Siblings, Credit Constraint, and Entrepreneurship in China” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming.

2.         “Hayek, Local Information, and Commanding Heights: Decentralizing State-Owned Enterprises in China” (with Zhangkai Huang, Guangrong Ma and Colin Xu), American Economic Review 107(8), 2455-2478, 2017.

3.         “The Consequences of Having a Son on Family Wealth in Urban China” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Review of Income and Wealth 63(2), 378-393, 2017.

4.         “Government Size and Tax Evasion: Evidence from China” (with Guangrong Ma), Pacific Economic Review20(2), 346-364, 2015.

5.         “Housing Price and Entrepreneurship in China” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Journal of Comparative Economics 42(2), 436-449, 2014.

6.         “The Motives of Intergenerational Transfer to the Elderly Parents in China: Consequences of High Medical Expenditure” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Health Economics 23(6), 631-652, 2014.

7.         “The Value of Life and Its Regional Difference in China” (With Xuezheng Qin and Yangyang Liu), China Agricultural Economic Review 5(3), 373-390, 2013.

8.         “Too Few Doctors or Too Low Wages? Labor Supply of Health Care Professionals in China” (with Xuezheng Qin and Chee-Ruey Hsieh), China Economic Review 24(1), 150-164, 2013.

9.         “Land Titling in China: Chengdu Experiment and Its Consequences,” China Economic Journal 5(1), 47-64, 2012.

10.     “Challenges of Creating Cities in China: Lessons from a Short-lived County-to-City Upgrading Policy” (with Shenggen Fan and Xiaobo Zhang), Journal of Comparative Economics 40(3), 476-491, 2012.

11.     “Family Size and Maternal Health: Evidence from the One-Child Policy in China” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Journal of Population Economics 25(4), 1341-1364, 2012.

12.     “The Incentive Role of Creating ‘Cities’ in China,” China Economic Review, 2011, 22(1), 172-181

13.     “Gender of Children, Bargaining Power and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in China” (with Xiaoyu Wu)Journal of Human Resources, 46(2), 295-316, 2011.

14.     “Employment Burden, Government Ownership and Soft Budget Constraints: Evidence from a Chinese Enterprise Survey,” China Economic Review, 19(2), 215-229, 2008.


Book Chapters

1.         Managing Urbanization, in Managing the Middle-Income Transition: Challenges Facing the People’s Republic of China, edited by Juzhong Zhuang, Paul Vandenberg, and Yiping Huang, in Association with the Asian Development Bank, Edward Elgar, 2015

1.         Recent Research Papers in Chinese“Income Disparity, Material Aspirations and Household Investment on Risky Financial Assets” (with Guangsu Zhou and Gang Fan), World Economy [世界经济], 2018.

2.         “Minimum Wage, Rural Migrants’ Unemployment, and Crime: Evidence from China” (with Dandan Zhang and Chen Tong), China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], (17)4, 2018.

3.         “Financial Development and City Size: Theory and Evidence from Chinese Cities” (with Guangjun Shen),China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], 17(3), 2018.

4.         “Financial Development and Skill Intensity of Chinese Cities” (with Guangjun Shen and Yiling Ouyang),Journal of Financial Research [金融研究], No. 7, 2017.

5.         “Does Migration Experience Promote Entrepreneurship in Rural China?” (with Guangsu Zhou and Huaqing Tan), China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], (16)2, 793-814, 2017.

6.         “Does New Rural Pension System Encourage Entrepreneurship in Rural China?” (with Guangsu Zhou), World Economy [世界经济], No. 11, 172-192, 2016.

7.         “Land Misallocation and Manufacturing Productivity in China” (with Peiyuan Huang and Guangrong Ma),Management World [管理世界], No. 8, 86-96, 2016.

8.         “Trust and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from China” (with Xuanli Xie and Guangsu Zhou), Management World [管理世界], No. 12, 121-129, 2015.

9.         “Special Economic Zones, Comparative Advantage, and Industrial Structural Transformation” (with Guangjun Shen), China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], 14(3), 885-910, 2014.

10.     “The Impact of Urbanization on Health in China” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Nankai Economic Studies [南开经济研究], No. 6, 58-73, 2014.

11.     “Financial Development, Firm Exit and Resource Misallocation” (with Guangrong Ma), World Economy [世界经济], No. 10, 77-103, 2014.

12.     “Family Credit Constraint, Public Education Expenditure, and Social Mobility in China” (with Guangsu Zhou),China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], (14)1, 65-82, 2014.

13.     “Did High Housing Price Hurt Entrepreneurship in China? Theory and Empirical Evidence” (with Xiaoyu Wu and Min Wang), Economic Research Journal [经济研究], No. 9, 121-134, 2014.

14.     “Agricultural Tax Reform and Land Lease: Theory and Evidence from a Switching Regime Model” (with Luanying Wu and Yang Yao), Chinese Rural Economy [中国农村经济], No. 7, 78-60, 2014.

15.     “Intergenerational Transmission and Social Mobility in China: An Analysis of Income, Occupation, Education and Political Status” (with Guangsu Zhou), Zhejiang Social Sciences [浙江社会科学], No. 5, 11-22, 2014.

16.     Establishing a Market Foundation for Urban Redevelopment through Property Rights Delineation: A Study on Shenzhen’s Land Reform” (collective work by the Study Group on China's Land Reform, National School of Development, Peking University), International Economic Review [国际经济评论], No. 3, 56-71, 2014.

17.     “Government Size, Local Governance, and Firm Tax Evasion” (with Guangrong Ma)World Economy [世界经济], No. 6, 93-114, 2012.

18.     “Legitimate Transfer Rights Constitute the Foundation of Farmers’ Property Income: A Study of Chengdu’s Rural Land Market” in Chinese, International Economic Review [国际经济评论], No. 2, 127-139, 2012.

19.     “Son Preference, Women’s Intra-Household Bargaining Power and the Impact on Nutrition and Health” (with Xiaoyu Wu), China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], (10)3, 869-886, 2011.

20.     “Health, Education, and Economic Growth: Theory and Cross-Country Evidence” (with Xiaoyu Wu), Nankai Economic Studies [南开经济研究], No. 1, 102-119, 2011.

21.     “China’s Urbanization Level: Status Quo, Challenge and Countermeasure” in Chinese, Zhejiang Social Sciences [浙江社会科学], No. 12, 27-34, 2010.

22.     “The Value of Life and Its Regional Difference: Evidence from China Inter-Census Population Survey” (with Xuezheng Qin and Yangyang Liu), China Industrial Economics [中国工业经济], No. 10, 33-43, 2010.

23.     “Market Reform and Illegal Action: Evidence from China’s Land Lawbreaking” (with Kunyu Tao and Min Zhang), Nankai Economic Studies [南开经济研究], No. 2, 28-43, 2010.

24.     “Property Rights Delineation: The Case of Chengdu’s Land Reform” (collective work by the Study Group on China's Land Reform, National School of Development, Peking University), International Economic Review [国际经济评论], No. 2, 54-92, 2010.