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Dr. Hongsong ZHANG


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Dr. Hongsong ZHANG

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Dr. Hongsong ZHANG obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013.  He also holds a B.A. in Economics from the China Youth University for Political Sciences, and an M.A. in Economics from Peking University.  Hongsong joined the School of Economics and Finance at The University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in 2013.

Hongsong’s main research interests cover topics in empirical industrial organization, international trade, and applied microeconomics.  His current research focuses on measurement of productivity and demand shock, research and development (R&D), innovation, and their interaction with firm (dynamic) activities such as participation in importing/exporting, R&D investment, new product development, entry/exit decisions, and capital investment decisions.

Areas of Interest

  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • International Trade
  • Applied Microeconomics


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Peking University
  • B.A., China Youth University for Political Sciences

Selected Publications

  • “Static and Dynamic Gains from Costly Importing of Intermediate Inputs: Evidence from Colombia,"
    European Economic Review, Vol 91, pp. 118-145, January 2017.
  • “Production Function Estimation with Unobserved Input Price Dispersion,"
    (with Paul Grieco and Shengyu Li), International Economic Review, Vol. 57-2, May 2016, pp. 665-690.

Working Papers

  • “Non-Neutral Technology, Firm Heterogeneity, and Labor Demand," 2016.
  • “Non-Neutral Technology, Endowment, and Trade," (with Xiaoping Chen), April 2016.
  • “Input Prices, Productivity, and Trade: Evidence from Chinese Paint Manufacturers,"
    (with Paul Grieco and Shengyu Li), 2016.
  • “R&D Investment and Firm Growth: Evidence from Taiwan,"
    (with Bee Yan Aw, Yi Lee and Mark Roberts), 2016.
  • “Productivity or Unexpected Demand Shocks: What Determines Firm-Level Investment and Exit Decisions?"
    (with Pradeep Kumar), updated March 2016.


Office Room 906, KK Leung Building
Tel. (852) 2859 2780

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