Methodologically, I was trained as an economist who thinks through questions deductively with models and verifies theories inductively by causal inference. In terms of content, I am 85% of a political scientist who cares about the causes and consequences of political patterns. I study the roots of identity, ideology, and cultural beliefs, as well as examine their impacts on political and economic outcomes. I investigate how institutional arrangements in the past and present govern agents’ behaviors and influence the development process. Part of my current investigation has a regional focus on China, motivated by the case of China as an increasingly economically prosperous but politically and civilly authoritarian state. But my whole endeavor aims to understand the causes of social happenings, which certainly goes beyond the scope of China.
I am currently a PhD student in two separate PhD programs: one in the Department of Political Science with a first field in comparative politics and a second field in political methodology, and the other in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics with the development economics group, both at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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