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YI Junjian


National School of Development, Peking University;



Boya Distinguished Professor

Professor of Economics


Research Insterests

Labor and Demographic Economics;

Health Economics;

Development Economics


Education Background

Ph.D., Economics (2007-2011), Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

M.Phil., Economics (2005-2007), CUHK

Master, Economics (2002-2005), Zhejiang University



Professor (2022 -), National School of Development, Peking University

Associate Professor (2021-2022), Department of Economics, CUHK

Assistant Professor (2014-2021), Department of Economics, National University of Singapore

Postdoctoral Scholar (2011-2014), Department of Economics, University of Chicago


Research Outputs

Publications in Journals

1. Jin, L., Tang, R., Ye, H., Yi, J., & Zhong, S. Path Dependency in Physician Decisions. Forthcoming at Review of Economic Studies.

2. Bhaskar, V., Li, W., & Yi, J. Multidimensional Premarital Investments with Imperfect Commitment. Forthcoming at Journal of Political Economy.

3. Li, W., Lou, X., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. Unobserved Endowments and Marriage Matching. Forthcoming at Journal of Labor Economics.

4. Ye, H. & Yi, J. Patient-Physician Racial Concordance, Clinical Decisions, and Patient Outcomes. Forthcoming at Review of Economics and Statistics.

5. Huang, Y., Pantano, J., Ye, H., & Yi. J. Marriage Property Law and Household Behavior: Evidence from China. Forthcoming at Journal of Human Resources.

6. Li, W., Leng, Z., Yi, J., & Zhong, S. (2023). A multifaceted poverty reduction program has economic and behavioral consequences. PNAS, 120(10), e2219078120.

7. Yi, J., Chu, J., & Png, I. P. L. (2022). Early-life exposure to hardship increased risk tolerance and entrepreneurship in adulthood with gender differences. PNAS, 119(15), e2104033119.

8. Li, W., Song, C., Xu. S., & Yi, J. (2022). High Sex Ratios and Household Portfolio Choice in China. Journal of Human Resources, 57(2), 465-490. 

9. Guo, R., Wang, Q., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2022). Housing prices and son preference: Evidence from China's housing reform. Economics of Transition and Institutional Change, 30(3), 421-446.

10. Myong, S., Park, J., & Yi, J. (2021). Social Norms and Fertility. Journal of the European Economic Association, 19(5), 2429-2466.

11. Li, W. & Yi, J. (2021). Alphabetical Author Order, Intellectual Collaboration, and High-Skilled Migration. Economic Journal, 131(635): 1250-1268.

12. Fan, Y., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2021). Rising Intergenerational Income Persistence in China. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 13(1):202-30.

13. Li, W., Li, J., & Yi, J. (2021). Government Management Capacities and the Containment of COVID-19: A Repeated Cross-sectional Study across Chinese Cities. BMJ Open, 11(4), e041516.

14. Guo, R., Lin L., Yi, J., and Zhang, J. (2020). The cross-spousal effect of education on health. Journal of Development Economics, 146:102493.

15. Jin, L., Tang, R., Ye, H., Yi, J., & Zhong, S. (2020). Time Dependency in Physician Decisions. AEA Papers and Proceedings. Volume 110, 284-288.

16. Yi, J., Yuan, Y., & Zhao, S. (2019). Differential Responses to Market Competition by Private and Public Hospitals in China: A Longitudinal Analysis. The Lancet. Volume 394, Supplement 1, Page S37.

17. Yi, J. (2019). Endogenous Altruism: Theory and Evidence from Chinese Twins. Journal of Labor Economics, 37(1), 247-295.

18. Wrenn, D., Yi, J., & Zhang, B. (2019). House Prices and Marriage Entry in China. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 74(1), 118-130.

19. Chew, S., Yi, J., Zhang, J., & Zhong, S. (2018). Risk Aversion and Son Preference: Experimental Evidence from Adult Twins. Management Science, 59(2), 757-784.

20. Weiss, Y., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2018). Cross-border Marriage Costs and Marriage Behavior: Theory and Evidence. International Economic Review, 64(8), 3896-3910.

21. Guo, R., Li, H., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2018). Fertility, Household Structure, and Parental Labor Supply: Evidence from Rural China. Journal of Comparative Economics, 46(1), 145-156.

22. Fan, Y., Yi, J., Yuan, Y., & Zhang, J. (2018). Glorified Mothers of Sons: FE and IV Estimates of the Effect of Sex Composition on Parental Time Allocation in Rural China. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 145, 249-260.

23. Guo, R., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2017). Family Size, Birth Order and Tests of the Quantity-Quality Model. Journal of Comparative Economics, 45(2), 219-224.

24. Ye. M., & Yi, J. (2017). Parental Preferences, Human Capital Production Technologies, and the Provisions for Progeny. Journal of Comparative Economics, 45(2), 344-365.

25. Chew, S., Yi, J., Zhang, J., & Zhong, S. (2016). Education and anomalies in decision-making: Experimental evidence from Chinese adult twins. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 53(2), 163-200.

26. Ha, W., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2016). Brain drain, brain gain, and economic growth in China. China Economic Review, 38, 322-337.

27. Ha, W., Yi, J., Yuan, Y., & Zhang, J. (2016). The dynamic effect of rural-to-urban migration on inequality in source villages: System GMM estimates from rural China. China Economic Review, 37, 27-39.

28. Yi, J., Heckman, J., Zhang, J., & Conti, G. (2015). Early health shocks, intra-household resource allocation, and child outcomes. Economic Journal, 125 (588), F347-F371.

29. Edlund, L., Li, H., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2013). Sex ratios and crime: Evidence from China. Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(5), 1520-1534.

30. Li, H., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2011). Estimating the effect of the one-child policy on the sex ratio imbalance in China: Identification based on the difference-in-differences. Demography, 48(4), 1535-1557.


Publications as Book Chapters

1. Guo, R., Yi, J., & Zhang, J. (2022). The child quantity-quality trade-off, in Zimmerman, K. (Ed.). Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer.

2. Heckman, J., & Yi, J. (2014). Human capital, economic growth, and inequality in China, in Fan et al. (Ed.) The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China, Oxford University Press.