Lead economist, Development Research Group, World Bank. Graduated from Peking University (BA, MA) in 1989, University of Chicago (Ph.D) in 1996. He has been working at World Bank since 1996. His research covers a wide range of applied microeconomics and development topics. More than half of his papers are about Chinese economy. He has published more than 50 journal articles such as in American Economic Review, J. of Financial Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, J. of Public Economics, J. of Labor Economics， J. of Law and Economics, J. of Development Economics, and J. of Economic Growth. He has many papers being listed at syllabuses of top universities such as Harvard and NYU. His papers have also been selected into Edgar Reference Collection, and mentioned by The Economist, Marginal Revolution, NBER Monthly Digest.
L. Colin Xu