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Department of Economics


BSc (Sun Yat-sen); MA, PhD (UBC)
  • Head
  • Sydney S. W. Leong Chair Professor of Economics
  • Director, Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF)
  • Director, Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MIDE)

Professor Qiu joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1993 as an Assistant Professor, later becoming an Associate Professor and then a Full Professor. He moved to the University of Hong Kong in January 2008 as a Full Professor before joining Lingnan in 2020.

Professor Qiu's research covers a wide range of topics, focusing on industrial organisation, international trade, and foreign direct investment (FDI). In the field of industrial organisation, he is interested in issues such as R&D and M&As. In the field of international trade, he has studied the optimal design of strategic trade policies, the impacts of intellectual property right (IPR) protection on international trade, and the impacts of environment policies on technology transfer. In the field of FDI, he analyses cross-border M&As, strategic alliances, and technology transfers. Most of his recent research is related to China’s foreign trade and FDI. Having published extensively in international journals and books, Professor Qiu has taught a variety of courses at all levels (undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, Ph.D., and executive training) and in many countries, including Hong Kong, China, and Portugal. Examples of his courses include globalisation, international trade and finance, China's economy, and foreign trade and investment in China.

Professor Qiu's research has received a number of research grants from the HKSAR Government. His two publications received the T. K. Ann International Trade Award in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Professor Qiu has conducted several consultant projects for the HKSAR Government and Asia Development Bank. He is the Founding President of China Trade Research Group and was President of the Hong Kong Economic Association (2015–2019). He served as a Member of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education of Hong Kong (2009–2011).

Research interests:
industrial organisation, international trade, foreign direct investment, Chinese economy



Personal Website



  1. "Industry selection of reginal migional migrants in China: The role of urban industry structures of Home and destination" , with Xiangjun Ma and Hyelim Son, The World Economy, forthcoming. 
  2. Tariff diversity and FTA networkReview of World Economics, Vol. 159, No. 2, May 2023, (with DO, Jihwan; HUR, Jung; HWANG, Sung-Ha), p. 333-360.
  3. Migration and imitation.” , Economica, Vol. 90, No. 357, January 2023, (with IVUS, Olena; NAGHAVI, Alireza), p. 212-239.
  4. The effects of discriminatory protections on cross-border mergers and acquisitions” , Journal of Comparative Economics,19 December 2022. (with DING, Haoyuan; FAN, Haichao; LI, Chang).
  5. Beyond trade creation : preferential trade agreements and trade disputes” , Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2021, (with LI, Tan), p. 23-53.
  6. What you import matters for productivity growth: experience from Chinese manufacturing firms” , Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 152, 102677, 01.09.2021. (with MO, Jiawei; ZHANG, Hongsong; DONG, Xiaoyu).
  7. Competition, innovation and trade, in Larry D QIU (ed.), World Scienfitic, September 2020. (World Scientific Studies in International Economics; Vol. 75), p. 392.
  8. Worker training, firm productivity, and trade liberalization : evidence from Chinese”, The effects of globalisation on firm and labour performance, in Chin Hee HAHN, Dionisius NAJOKO, Ha Thi Thanh DOAN & Shujiro URATA (eds.) Routledge Taylor & Francis, (with LIU, Qing; qiu, Larry Dongxiao; YU, Miaojie) p.169-187.
  9. Export scope, managerial efficiency, and trade liberalization: evidence from Chinese firms 北京北京大学中国经济研究中心, 2020 (CCER讨论稿系列 : China Center for Economic Research Working Paper Series; No. E2020007), (with YU, Miaojie).
  10. Tariffs and formation of free trade agreements networks”, World Economy, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2020, (with HUR, Jung) p. 33-59.
  11. The effects of bilateral attitudes on imports”, The World Economy, Vol. 43, No. 2,  February 2020, (with BAO, Xiaohua; LIU, Qing; ZHU Daming) p. 371-387.
  12. Export to elude”, Journal of International Economics, Vol. 127, 103366, November 2020. (with FAN, Haichao; LIU, Yu; ZHAO, XIaoxue).
  13. Export scope, managerial efficiency, and trade liberalization: Evidence from Chinese firmsJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 177, September 2020, (with Miaojie Yu) p. 71-90.
  14. "Trade liberalization and domestic vertical integration: Evidence from China", Journal of International Economics, 2020. (with Qing Liu and Chaoqun Zhan).

Selected Publications:

  1. "China-US trade: implications on conflicts", China Economic Journal, 12(2), 2019, 175-194 (with Xing Wei).
  2. "Analysis of the China–US trade war through the lens of the trade literature", Economic and Political Studies, 7(2), May 2019 (Special Issue), 148-168  (with Xing Wei and Chaoqun Zhan).
  3. "Regulation, innovation, and firm selection: The Porter Hypothesis under monopolistic competition", Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 92, November 2018, 638-658 (with Mohan Zhou and Xu Wei).
  4. "Intermediate input imports and innovation: evidence from Chinese firms’ patent filings", Journal of International Economics, 2016, 103, 166-183 (with Qing Liu).
  5. "Multiproduct firms and scope adjustment in globalization", Journal of International Economics, 91, 2013, 142-153 (with Wen Zhou).
  6. "Merger waves: A model of endogenous mergers", Rand Journal of Economics, 30(1), Spring 2007, 214-226 (with Wen Zhou).
  7. "International mergers: Incentives and welfare", Journal of International Economics, January, 2006, 68, 38-58, (with Wen Zhou).
  8. "Optimal strategic trade policy under asymmetric information: reply", Journal of International Economics, 61(1), 2003, 247-248.
  9. "The North’s intellectual property rights standard for the South?", Journal of International Economics, vol. 59, 2003, 183-209; reprint in Keith E. Maskus (eds) The WTO, Intellectual Property Rights and the Knowledge Economy, (Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Volume 1 in the Series Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System), 2004. (with Edwin Lai).
  10. "Keiretsu and relationship-specific investment: implications for market-opening policies", NBER Working Paper #8279, Journal of International Economics, vol. 58, 2002, 49-79. (with Barbara Spencer).
  11. "Keiretsu and relationship-specific investment: A barrier to trade?", NBER Working Paper #7572, International Economic Review, vol. 42(4), 2001, 871-901. (with Barbara Spencer).
  12. "On the dynamic efficiency of Bertrand and Cournot equilibria", Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 75(1), 1997, 213-229.
  13. "Why can’t countervailing duties deter export subsidization?", Journal of International Economics, vol. 39, 1995, 249-272.
  14. "Optimal strategic trade policy under asymmetric information", Journal of International Economics, vol. 36, 1994, 333-354.


  1. IDE511 Chinese Economic Development


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