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Dr. Cheng CHEN


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Dr. Cheng CHEN received his B.A. from Nanjing University in 2005, M.A. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University in 2008, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2011 and 2014. He joined The University of Hong Kong in 2014.

Cheng's research areas include international economics, organizational economics, and macroeconomics. His doctoral thesis ("Essays on Firm Organization and International Trade", 2014) investigates the impact of improvements in management quality on aggregate economic outcomes, such as the size distribution of firms, aggregate productivity, and welfare.

Area of Interest

  • Organizational Economics (Firm Organization and Management)
  • International Economics (Import Competition, Multinational Firms and Foreign Direct Investment)
  • Firm Dynamics and Macroeconomics (Uncertainty, Learning and Firm Growth)


  • M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
  • M.A., Hitotsubashi University
  • B.A., Nanjing University

Selected Publications

  • “Information, Incentives and Multinational Firms”
    Journal of International Economics, vol. 85: 147-158, 2011.
  • “Management Quality and Firm Organization in Industry Equilibrium”
    American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (Forthcoming)

Working Papers

  • “Agency Problem, Trade Liberalization, and Aggregate Productivity: Theory and Evidence”
    (under review)
  • “Delay Cost, Knowledge Hierarchy, and Wages”
    with Wing Suen (under review)
  • “Import Competition, Heterogeneous Preferences of Managers and Productivity”
    with Claudia Steinwender (under review)
  • “Outward FDI and Domestic Input Distortions: Evidence from Chinese Firms”
    with Miaojie Yu and Wei Qian (under review)
  • “The Middle Income Trap, Branching Deregulation, and Political Influence”
    with Liang Dai

Work in Progress

  • “Subjective Uncertainty, Sentiment, and Investment: Evidence from the China-Japan Island Dispute”
    with Tatsuro Senga, Chang Sun and Hongyong Zhang
  • “Technology Diffusion and Organizational Mismatch”
    with Andrew Newman
  • “Delay Cost, Knowledge Hierarchy, and Wages”
    with Wing Suen

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