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Department of Economics
Professor FAN, Cheng-ze, Simon

Professor FAN, Cheng-ze Simon

BSc, MSc (Xiamen); MA, PhD (Brown)​​
  • Professor​​
  • Department of Economics, Lingnan University ​​

Simon Fan's research interests span the theory and empirics of social economics, labor economics, development economics, and public economics. He has published three scholarly books and about fifty papers in refereed journals, including International Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Public Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. 



  1. FAN C. Simon, with Jere Behrman, Naijia Guo, Xiangdong Wei, Hongliang Zhang, and Junsen Zhang, "Tutoring Efficacy, Household Substitution and Student Achievement: Experimental Evidence from An After-School Tutoring Program in Rural China", International Economic Review, Working paper.
  2. FAN C. Simon, with Yu Pang and Pierre Pestieau,“Nature versus nurture in social mobility under private and public education systems", Public Finance Review, 2023, 51(1),p. 132-167.
  3. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei and Yuxin Yao, "Peer Effects of Misbehavior and Ability in Classroom: Evidence from a Seat Randomization Experiment ", Working paper.
  4. FAN C. Simon, with Yu Pang and Pierre Pestieau,“Investment in children, social security, and intragenerational risk sharing", International Tax and Public Finance, 2022, 29(2),p. 286-315.
  5. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei, Jia Wu and Junsen Zhang,“Observability and peer effects: Theory and evidence from a field experiment", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2022, 200,pp. 847- 867.
  6. FAN C. Simon,“The socioeconomics of nationalism in China: historical and contemporary perspectives,”Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2022, p.218.
  7. FAN C. Simon,  with 吴贾; 陈丽萍,“母亲收入、家庭氛围和子女人力资本发展",  经济学 (季刊) = China Economic Quarterly, 2022, 22(4), pp.1169-1192.
  8. FAN C. Simon, with Yu Pang and Pierre Pestieau,“A model of the optimal allocation of government expenditures", Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2020, 22(4): 845-876.
  9. FAN C. Simon,  with Gregory Whitten, Xiaoyi Dai and Yu Pang,“Do political relations affect international trade? Evidence from China’s twelve trading partners", Journal of Shipping and Trade, 2020, 5(1). 
  10. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei and Junsen Zhang, "Soft Skills, Hard Skills, and the Black/White Wage Gap", Economic Inquiry, 2017, 55(2), pp.1032-1053.
  11. FAN C. Simon,"Culture, Institution, , and Development in China: The Economics of National Character,"2016 London: Routledge.
  12. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei and Jia Wu, "The Border Effect between Hong Kong and Mainland China", Pacific Economic Review, 2016, 21(1): p.3-12.
  13. FAN C. Simon, with Hongliang Zhang, Jere R. Behrman, Xiangdong Wei and Junsen Zhang, "Does Parental Absence Reduce Cognitive Achievements? Evidence from Rural China", Journal of Development Economics, 2014, 111, p. 181–195.
  14. FAN C. Simon, Vanity Economics: An Economic Exploration of Sex, Marriage and Family,Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2014. 
  15. FAN C. Simon, with Jie Zhang, "Differential Fertility, Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility under Private versus Public Education", Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26(3),pp. 907-941.
  16. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma", International Economic Review. 2011, 52(2),pp. 549 -571.
  17. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "The Prospect of Migration, Sticky Wages, and 'Educated Unemployment'", Review of International Economics, 2011, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 277 -287.
  18. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "Migration for Degrading Work as an Escape from Humiliation", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2011, 77(3), p.241-247.
  19. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei, "Training and Worker Effort: A Signaling Perspective", Canadian Journal of Economics, 2010, 43(2),pp. 604-621.
  20. FAN C. Simon, with Chen Lin and Daniel Treisman, "Political Decentralization and Corruption: Evidence from around the World", Journal of Public Economics, 2009, 93(1-2): p.14-34.
  21. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "Looking at the "Population Problem" through the Prism of Heterogeneity: Welfare and Policy Analyses", International Economic Review, 2008, 49(3), pp.799-835.
  22. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "Rural-to-Urban Migration, Human Capital, and Agglomeration," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 68 (1), p.234-247.
  23. FAN C. Simon, with Yifan Hu, "Imports of Capital Goods and Enterprise Performance: A Firm-Level Analysis," Applied Economics Letters, 2008, 15(4-6), pp.391 -394.
  24. FAN C. Simon,  with 胡一帆 and 郑红亮, "FDI 对国内企业技术创新影响的理论和实证研究", 經濟研究, 2008, 477(43), p.98-102.
  25. FAN C. Simon, "Religious Participation and Children's Education: A Social Capital Approach," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 65(2),p. 303-317.
  26. FAN C. Simon,  with Oded Stark, "International Migration and "Educated Unemployment", Journal of Development Economics, 2007, 83(1),p. 76-87.
  27. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "The Brain Drain, "Educated Unemployment," Human Capital Formation, and Economic Betterment," Economics of Transition, 2007, 15(4): pp.629-660.
  28. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "Losses and Gains to Developing Countries from the Migration of Educated Workers: An Overview of Recent Research, and New Reflections" , World Economics, 2007, 8(2): 259-269.
  29. FAN C. Simon, with Yifan Hu, "Foreign Direct Investment and Indigenous Technological Efforts: Evidence from China", Economics Letters, 2007, 96(2), p. 253-258.
  30. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, "The Analytics of Seasonal Migration", Economics Letters, 2007, 94(2),p. 304-312.
  31. FAN C. Simon, with Oded Stark, Kyklos, "A Social Proximity Explanation of the Reluctance to Assimilate", International Review for Social Sciences, 2007, 60(1),p. 55-63.
  32. FAN C. Simon, "Sticky Wage, Efficiency Wage, and Keynesian Unemployment," Pacific Economic Review, 2007, 12(2), p.213-224.
  33. FAN C. Simon, with Xiangdong Wei, "The Law of One Price: Evidence from the Transitional Economy of China", Review of Economics and Statistics, 2006, 88(4), pp.682-697.
  34. FAN C. Simon, "Do the Rich Save More? A New View Based on Intergenerational TransfersSouthern Economic Journal, 2006, 73(2), pp. 362-373.
  35. FAN C. Simon, "Kleptocracy and Corruption," Journal of Comparative Economics, 2006, 34(1), p.57-74.
  36. FAN C. Simon, "Survival of the Gene, Intergenerational Transfers and Precautionary Saving," Journal of Development Economics, 2005, 76(2), pp.451-479.
  37. FAN C. Simon, "Increasing Returns, Product Quality, and International Trade," Economica, 2005, 72, p.151-169.
  38. FAN C. Simon, "Relative Wage, Child Labor and Human Capital," Oxford Economic Papers, 2004, 56(4), pp.687-700.
  39. FAN C. Simon, "Quality, Trade, and Growth," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2004, 55(2), p. 271-291.
  40. FAN C. Simon, with Hon-Kwong Lui, "Extramarital Affairs, Marital Satisfaction, and Divorce: Evidence from Hong Kong", Contemporary Economic Policy, 2004, 22(4), pp. 442-452.
  41. FAN C. Simon, "Child Labor and the Interaction between the Quantity and Quality of Children," Southern Economic Journal, 2004, 71(1), p. 21-35.
  42. FAN C. Simon, with Kui-yin Cheung, "Trade and Wage Inequality: The Hong Kong Case" , Pacific Economic Review, 2004, 9(2),p. 131-142.
  43. FAN C. Simon, with Hon-Kwong Lui, "Structural Change and the Narrowing Gender Gap in Wages: Theory and Evidence from Hong Kong", Labour Economics, 2003, 10(5), pp.609-626.
  44. FAN C. Simon, with Kui-yin Cheung, "Does Trade Lead to Wage Inequality? A Cross-industry Analysis", Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, 2002, 7(2), p. 147-159.
  45. FAN C. Simon, "A Model of Endogenous Divorce and Endogenous Fertility," Journal of Population Economics, 2001, 14(1), p.101-117.
  46. FAN C. Simon, "A Model of Intergenerational Transfers," Economic Theory, 2001, 17(2), pp.399-418.
  47. FAN C. Simon, with Herschel I. Grossman, "Incentive and 'Corruption' in Chinese Economic Reform", Journal of Policy Reform, 2001, 4(3), p. 195-206.
  48. FAN C. Simon, with Jody Overland, and Michael Spagat, "Human Capital, Growth, and Inequality in Russia", Journal of Comparative Economics, 1999, 27(4), pp. 618-643.
  49. FAN C. Simon, with  Phoebe Wong, "Does Consumer Sentiment Forecast Household Spending? The Hong Kong Case", Economics Letters, 1998, 58(1), p. 77-84.
  50. FAN C. Simon, "Why Has China Been Successful in Attracting Foreign Investment: A Transaction Cost Approach," Journal of Contemporary China, 1998, 7:17,p. 21-32.


  1. ECO3202 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  2. IBF504 International Macroeconomics

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