VoxChina Covid-19 Forum (Second Edition): China’s Post-Lockdown Economic Recovery
VoxChina, Apr 18, 2020
The lockdowns induced by Covid-19 have led to unprecedented challenges to economies across the globe. The second edition of the VoxChina Covid-19 Forum focuses on China’s post-lockdown economic recovery, with three presentations that are based on data analysis of small businesses, consumption, e-commerce, and beyond, each for 15 minutes. There will be 30 minutes of Q&As.
Peer Effects, Political Competition, and Ecological Efficiency
Xudong Chen, Bihong Huang, Yantuan Yu, Jul 29, 2020
This study examines the impacts of political competition on eco-efficiency. We first develop a theoretical model in which local government officials compete against each other to maximize their own political score. We find that after an initial stage of decline, eco-efficiency eventually increases once environmental performance becomes a meaningful component of local government officials’ annual assessment. These theoretical predictions are corroborated...
Higher Education and Corporate Innovation
Dongmin Kong, Bohui Zhang, Jian Zhang, Jul 22, 2020
This paper investigates the impact of higher education on corporate innovation using a difference-in-differences approach. We find that Chinese firms in skilled industries generate better innovation outcomes, especially firms headquartered in provinces with more science and engineering college graduates, young firms that are more likely to hire young graduates, and firms located near universities. Also, we show that technological innovation is a mechanism...