Economic History • Economic Development
Current Research Interests:
Comparative world development; commodity, labor, and capital market integration; Human
capital accumulation and long-run growth; Inequality, migration, spatial economic activity,
Geographic Information Systems; Demography, intergenerational and interfamily networks.
• National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
• Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
• Institute of Behavioral Science
BS– Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Yale University, 1999, is a professor whose research interests are in the economic history of market development and trade in China, the political economy of famine relief, and long-run comparisons of living standards. Another focus of her research is on kinship organization and social mobility. She frequently presents her research at top universities and conferences in the U.S. as well as overseas, and she has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and her articles have been published or are forthcoming in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Journal of Econometrics, and Review of Development Economics.