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ZHANG Dandan

Tenured Associate Professor
Youth Cheung-Kong Scholar
Boya Youth Scholar

National School of Development
Peking University

Office: (+86) -10-6275-9779
Address: China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development (Chengze Campus), Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China




03/2021-present                                   Tenured Associate Professor (joint)
Institute for Global Health and Development, Peking University, Beijing, P.R.China

08/2019-present                                   Tenured Associate Professor
National School of Development, Peking University, Beijing, P.R.China

09/2012-08/2019                                  Assistant Professor 
National School of Development, Peking University, Beijing, P.R.China 

07/2009-12/2011                                  Post-doc Fellowship
Research School of Economics, College of Business and Economics, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

06/2008-09/2008                                  Short-term Consultant
 World Bank, Sydney Office

04/2004-10/2004                                  Short-term Consultant
 World Bank, Beijing Office

07/2003-07/2005                                  Assistant Professor
Institute of Population and Labor Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China



07/2005-12/2009                                  Ph.D. in Economics
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Dissertation: Essays on Rural-to-Urban Migration and Its Consequences in Urban China

09/2000-07/2003                                  M.A. in Economics 
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, P.R.China

09/1996-07/2000                                  B.A. in Social Sciences 
Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R.China



 Undergraduate: Intermediate Econometrics, Labor Economics

 Graduate: Advanced Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics



Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Experimental Economics, Public Health


 1.     “Does being ‘left--behind’ in childhood lead to criminality in adulthood? Evidence from data on rural-urban migrants and prison inmates in China”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming (with Lisa Cameron and Xin Meng)

2.     “The Direct and Intergenerational Behavioural Consequences of a Socio-Political Upheaval”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2022, 200:931-958 (with Alison Booth, Elliott Fan and Xin Meng)

3.     “Short- and Medium-Term Impacts of Lockdowns on Non-COVID-19 Mortality in China”, Nature Human Behaviour, 2022,6:55-63 (with Jinlei Qi, Xiang Zhang, George F. Gao, Guojun He and Maigeng Zhou)

4.     “The Impact of Lockdown Policies on Labor Market Outcomes of the Chinese Labor Force in 2020: Evidence Based on An Employee Tracking Survey”, China Economic Quarterly International, 2022, 1(4):344-361

5.     “Impact of air pollution on labor productivity: evidence from prison factory data”, China Economic Quarterly International, 2021, 1:148-159 (with Shuai Chen)

6.      “The evolution of the wage gap between rural migrants and the urban labour force in Chinese cities”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2020, Volume 64, 1:55-81.

7.      “China's Sex Ratio and Crime: Behavioural Change or Financial Necessity?” (with Lisa Cameron and Xin Meng), Economic Journal, 2019, Volume 129, 618(1): 790-820.

8.      “Gender Differences in Willingness to Compete: The Role of Culture and Institutions” (with Alison Booth, Elliott Fan and Xin Meng), Economic Journal, 2019, Volume 129, 618(1): 734-764.

9.      “Measuring TFP of Australian Agriculture Industry with National Account Data: An International Consistent Method” (with Yu Sheng, Tom Jackson, and Shiji Zhao), Review of Income and Wealth, 2016, 63(s1):s169-s193.

10.      “Coresidency, Ethnicity, and Happiness of China’s Rural Elders” (with Rachal Connelly, Michael Iannotti, and Margaret Maurer-Fazio), Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2015, 56 (1):70 – 88.

11.      “Education Inequality between Rural and Urban China, Migrants’ Children Education and Some Implications” (with Xin Li and Jinjun Xue), Asian Development Review, 2015, 32(1):1-29.

12.      “A Comparison of Reform-Era Labor Force Participation Rates of China's Ethnic Minorities and Han Majority” (with Margaret Maurer-Fazio and James Hughes), International Journal of Manpower, 2010, 31(2): 138-162.

13.      “An Ocean Formed from One Hundred Rivers: The Effects of Ethnicity, Gender, Marriage, and Location on Labor Force Participation in Urban China” (with Margaret Maurer-Fazio and James W. Hughes), Feminist Economics, 2007, 13(34): 125-153.

14.      “Input Substitution, Productivity Performance and Farm Size” (with Keith Fuglie, Alistair Davidson, and Yu Sheng), Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2016, 60(3): 327–347.

15.      “Energy trade efficiency and its determinants: A Malmquist index approach” (with Yu Sheng, Yanrui Wu, and Xunpeng Shi), Energy Economics, 2015, 50:306–314.

16.      “Productivity and farm size in Australian agriculture: reinvestigating the returns to scale” (with Yu Sheng, Shiji Zhao, Katarina Nossal), Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2014, 59:16-38.

17.      “Economic growth, regional disparities and energy demand in China—Implication for energy market integration in east Asia” (with Yu Sheng, Xunpeng Shi), Energy Policy, 2014, 71:31-39.

18.      “Comprehensive measurement of energy market integration in east Asia: an application of dynamic principal component analysis” (with Xunpeng Shi, Yu Sheng), Energy Economics, 2015, 52:299-305.

19.      “Public investment in agricultural R&D and extension: an analysis of the effects on Australian broadacre productivity” (with Chunlai Chen, Yu Sheng), China Agricultural Economic Review, 2015, 7(1):86-101. 


1.     “The Global Financial Crisis and Rural-Urban Migration” (with Xin Meng and Tao Kong), in Ross Garnaut, Ligang Song and Wing Thye Woo (eds), China Update, Brookings Institution Press, 2010, 241-268.

2.     “Impact of Economic Slowdown on Migrant Workers” (with Xin Meng and Tao Kong), in Ross Garnaut, Ligang Song and Wing Thye Woo (eds), China Update, Brookings Institution Press, 2009, 233-260.


1. “Environmental Protection Inspection, Price Fluctuation of Industrial Products and Firm Entry”, at World Economy [世界经济], 2021 forthcoming (with Min Wang and Shuo Li)

2.      “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Labor Market: A Comprehensive Analysis Based on the Individual Tracking Survey”, Economic Research Journal [经济研究], 2021, 2:4-21. (with Fang Cai and Yaxuan Liu)

3.      “From ‘Hospital Runs’ to ‘Health Care for All’: The Impact of the Public Health Policy Change”, China Journal of Economics [经济学报], 2021 forthcoming (with Jindi Huang and Chuliang Luo)

4.      “Impact of Air Pollution on Labor Productivity: Evidence from A Prison Factory Data”, China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], 2020, 19(4):171-190. (with Shuai Chen)

5.       “Role of Government in the Process of Upgrading the Industrial Parks in China”, Macroeconomic Management [宏观经济管理], 2019, 7(427):55-72. (with Luosha Du and Chi Chen)

6.       “Minimum Wage, Rural Migrants’ Unemployment, and Crime: Evidence from China”, China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], 2018, 17(3):1035-1054. (with Lixing Li and Chen Tong)

7.       “The Determinants of Migrant’s Crime: An Empirical Study Based on a Prison Survey”, China Economic Quarterly [经济学季刊], 2014, 14(1):83-112. (with Ye Wang, Xin Meng and Lisa Cameron)

8.       “Marketization and Gender Wage Differentials”, Population Science of China [中国人口科学], 2004, 04(1):32-41.

1.     “Chapter 5: Rural-to-Urban Migration”, in Yao Yang (eds), Forty Years of Chinese Economics, The Commercial Press, 2018.

2.     “3.4 New Perspectives and Applications of New Structural Economics in the Field of Labor Economy, Comments and Q&A for Issues of China's Human Resources Endowment”, in Yifu Lin, Caihui Fu and Yong Wang (eds), What's New in New Structural Economics, Peking University Press, March 2016.

3.     “Chapter 9: Gender Differences in Social Integration of Migrants: Wages Integration Model”, in Liqin Zhang, Fenglian Du and Xiaoyuan Dong (eds), Gender and Economic Development: Empirical Research Methods, China Social Sciences Press, May 2012.

4.     “Chapters 5, 7 and 9: Green Book on Population and Labor 2002, Report on China's Population and Labor — Problems and Solutions of Urban and Rural Employment”, in Fang Cai, Chewei Zhang and Yang Du (eds), Social Sciences Academic Press (China), 2002.



1.       "The Impact of the Covid-19 Labor Market Shock on Teleworkability: Evidence from the Employee Traching Survey in China" (in Chinese), August 2021 (with Yiran Zi and Chuliang Luo)

2.       "Income Inequality in the COVID-19 medication: Evidence From Wuhan", August 2021 (with Xiao Liu)

3.       "The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Suicide Mortality in China", August 2021 (with Guojun He, Xiang Zhang, Jinlei Qi and Maigeng Zhou)

4.      “Air Pollution, Worker Productivity and Consumption: Evidence from Prison Labors”, 2021 (with Shuai Chen and Min Wang)

5.      “Preferred Sons Are‘Rotten': Giving to One's Parents in the Lab in China”, 2020 (with Maria Porter and Xiaobo Zhang)

6.       “Urban Wage Responses to Rural Migrant Inflow: China, 1990 to 2010”, 2018 (with Xin Meng and Yu Sheng)

7.       “A Spatial AutoRegressive Hurdle Model with Group Structure: Application to Peer Effects on Smoking Behavior”, 2018 (with Guang Zeng)

8.   “The Social Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on Urban ‘Natives’”, 2018 (with Xin Meng)


1.     “Migrants’ Crime and Social Security System”, PI, Natural Social Science Foundation of China (No.20AZD086),2020-2023

2.     “COVID-19 Pandemic and Control Measures”,PI, Peking University (No.7100602966), 2020.3-2020.12

3.     “A Study on Rural Migrants’ Crime in China: Pattern, Determinants and Policy Implications”, PI, Natural Science Foundation of China – General Project (No.71973004), 2020-2023

4.     “Research on Education and Health of Rural Migrant Children: Based on a Subjective Measure in Human Capital”, PI, Natural Science Foundation of China –Youth Fund Project (No.71403009), 2015-2017

5.     “Rural Governance, Left-Behind Children and Its Social Consequences”, PI, sponsored by the Institute of New Rural Development, Peking University, 2018

6.     “Research on the Impact of Population Change on Economic Growth”, PI, sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission of China, 2015

7.     “Social and Economic Impacts of Rural-to-Urban Migration in China”, PI, sponsored by the Beijing Municipal Government, 2013-2015 

8.     Tongshan Education Grant, PI, Peking University, 2012-2013

9.     “Dynamic Wage Gap between Urban Labor Force and Rural Migrants in Chinese Cities”, PI, sponsored by the Poverty and Economic Policy, 2008-2010


  Youth Cheung-Kong Scholar, Ministry of Education, 2020
  Boya Youth Scholar, Peking University, 2020
  Mulan Scholar Honorary Title, Peking University, 2019
  Mulan Youth Scholar Honorary Title, Peking University, 2018
  Bank of Beijing - Teaching Achievement Award, Peking University, 2018
  Teaching Achievement Award, Peking University, 2016-2017
  Excellent Class Teacher, Peking University, 2016-2017
  Teaching Achievement Award for Youth Lecturers, Peking University, 2015
  First Prize for Excellent Overseas Students, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, 2011