I’m a PhD candidate in economics at Duke University. My interests lie broadly in applied microeconomics, with a focus on urban economics and economic development. I am particularly interested in internal and international migration and in the impact of city structure on the distribution of economic activity.
I like to adopt an economist’s view while analyzing social affairs and find ways to tackle important problems. In the summer of 2013, I spent 10 weeks working as an intern at the Nkokonjeru Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCO) in Buikwe District, Uganda. I designed and carried out a household survey on consumption choices and use of financial services. I also organized several focus group discussions to know more about the local population. This experience made me realize that many problems in developing countries have complex causes (lack of infrastructure, inefficient production method, corruption, etc) and a meaningful discussion of the problem requires comprehensive knowledge about the local context and economic tools.
I was born and raised in mainland China. I love my culture. I learnt calligraphy, Chinese folk singing, and Chinese chess when I was young. While chess was never enjoyable for me, Chinese folk singing is the love of my life. I have taken voice lessons with Elizabeth Linnartz and Wayne Lail at Duke and plan to study opera formally. I have been practicing pilates regularly (3 times a week, 30 minutes and longer each session) since February 2015 and absolutely love it.
This blog is designed to share my thoughts with you. Hopefully you can gain some insights, learn about new cultures, or get some useful information here. Feel free to leave a message if you have any comments or suggestions.