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  • "A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma," with Oded Stark, International Economic Review, 2001, 52(2), pp. 549 -571.
  • "Political Decentralization and Corruption: Evidence from around the World," with Chen Lin and Daniel Treisman, Journal of Public Economics, February 2009, 93(1-2), pp. 14-34.
  • "Looking at the "Population Problem" through the Prism of Heterogeneity: Welfare and Policy Analyses" with Oded Stark, International Economic Review, August 2008, 49(3), pp. 799-835.
  • "Rural-to-Urban Migration, Human Capital, and Agglomeration," with Oded Stark, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, October 2008, 68 (1), pp. 234-247.

  • "Creditor Rights, Information Sharing, and Bank Risk Taking", with J. Houston, C. Lin and Y. Ma, Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 96, Issue 3, June 2010, pp. 485–512
  • "FDI into a Two-Tier Oligopoly: Spillovers, Vertical Integration and Welfare", with Kamal Saggi, International Economic Review, 52(4), 2011, pp. 1271-1290.
  • "Corruption in Bank Lending to Firms: Cross-Country Micro Evidence on the Beneficial Role of Competition and Information Sharing", with James R. Barth, Chen Lin, and Frank M. Song, Journal of Financial Economics, 91, 2009, pp. 361-388.
  • "Multinational Firms, Exclusivity, and Backward Linkages", with Kamal Saggi, Journal of International Economics, 71, 2007, pp. 206-220.

  • "Does China Really Lose from RMB Revaluation: Evidence from Some Export Industries", (with Li, G.Z. & Jimmy Ran), Applied Economics, 2006, Vol. 38, pp. 1715 -1723.
  • "Do Psychological Factors Emanating From a Financial Crisis Affect Consumption? Evidence from China", with R F Zhang, China An International Journal, Jan 2013; 11(1), pp. 146-156.
  • "Impacts of Financial Crisis On Family Units In China: The Role of Family Law", with John Voon, Journal of Contemporary China, 2011, Volume 20, Issue 70, pp. 397-412.
  • "A Structural Model Of Consumption: An Application to China During The Global Financial Crisis", with J C Voon, The Journal of Socio-Economics, June 2012, Volume 41, Issue 3, Pages 284–288

  • All-Units Discounts as a Partial Foreclosure Device (with Yong Chao and Guofu Tan) The RAND Journal of Economics, Volume 49, Issue 1, Spring 2018, pp. 155-180. 
  • The Choice of the Number of Varieties: Justifying Simple Mechanisms Journal of Mathematical Economics, Volume 54, October 2014, pp. 7-21. 
  • The Role of Private Information in Dynamic Matching and Bargaining: Can It Be Good for Efficiency? (with Artyom Shneyerov) Economics Letters, Volume 112, Issue 1, July 2011, pp. 128-131. 
  • Identification in First-Price and Dutch Auctions when the Number of Potential Bidders is Unobservable (with Artyom Shneyerov) Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 72, Issue 2, June 2011, pp. 574-582. 
  • The Rate of Convergence to Perfect Competition of Matching and Bargaining Mechanisms (with Artyom Shneyerov) (Supplementary material: A Mathematica notebook for the proof of Theorem 3) Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 145, Number 3, May 2010, pp. 1164-1187. 
  • Bilateral Matching and Bargaining with Private Information (with Artyom Shneyerov) Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 68, Issue 2, March 2010, pp. 748-762. 
  • Estimation of the Autoregressive Order in the Presence of Measurement Errors (Abstract), (with Terence Tai-Leung Chong, Venus Liew and Edith Yuanxiu Zhang), Economics Bulletin, Volume 3, May 2006, no. 12, pp. 1-10.

  • "Supplemental education services under No Child Left Behind: Who Signs Up and What Do They Gain?", with C. Heinrich and R H Meyer, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Jun 2010, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 273 -298.

  • "Patentability, R&D Direction, and Cumulative Innovation" (with Yongmin Chen and Shiyuan Pan), Forthcoming, International Economic Review.
  • "Intermediaries and Consumer Search" (with Yongmin Chen), International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 57, 255-277, 2018.
  • "Interpersonal Bundling", with Y Chen, Management Science, Informs, May 2014, 17 Pages, forthcoming.
  • "(When) Do Stronger Patents Increase Continual Innovation?", with Y. Chen and S. Pan,  Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 98, pp. 115 -124, ELSEVIER, Feb 2014.
  • "Patenting in the Shadow of Independent Discoveries by Rivals", International Journal ofIndustrial Organization, Jan 2012, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 41 -49.
  • "Equilibrium Price Dispersion with Heterogeneous Searchers", with Y. Chen, InternationalJournal of Industrial Organization, Nov 2011, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 645 -654.