Export Expansion and Rural Development: Micro-evidence from China

Alumni and External Relations Office    2019-09-29

Export Expansion and Rural Development: Micro-evidence from China

Speaker: Yifan Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Host: Professor Zhang Lei

Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 14:30-16:00

Venue: S204, Xinshangyuan Building



Based on a comprehensive rural household survey from China, this paper examines the impact of regional export expansion on rural household income. For identification, we exploit the regional variation in the exposure to the reductions in tariff uncertainty caused by the Permanent Normal Trade Relations that the U.S. granted to China upon China’s WTO entry. We find that non-agricultural exports raised rural income, with stronger effects on lower income households. Such export-induced income growth is driven by higher labor force participation rate, wage increases in both agricultural sector and non-agricultural sector, and a reallocation of labor between these two sectors.



Yifan Zhang is associate professor of economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received B.A. and M.A. from Renmin University of China and Ph.D from University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a post-doctoral assocaite at Yale university, and assistant professor and associate professor at Lingnan University. His research interests include international trade, industrial organization and development economics. His papers have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of International Economics.