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Faculty and Staff Profile

Cheng Chen

Assistant Professor

Office: 220F Sirrine Hall
Phone: 6146073300
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 Educational Background

Princeton 2014

Hitotsubashi University 2008

Nanjing University 2005

 Courses Taught

International Microeconomics, Clemson University
Firms in a Global Economy, Clemson University
Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON2102/2220), HKU
Economics of Organization and Strategy (ECON6006), HKU
Economic Analysis for Finance (MFIN 7007), HKU


Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business, Clemson University (2018/Sep.-) Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Hong Kong (2014/Aug. - 2018/Aug.)

 Research Interests

Firm Organization and Management
Multinational Firms and Foreign Direct Investment
Firm-level responses to Trade Liberalization
Uncertainty, Learning and Imperfect Information

 Research Publications

"Information, Incentives and Multinational Firms"
Journal of International Economics, 2011 vol. 85(1): 147-158.

"Management Quality and Firm Organization in Industry Equilibrium"
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 2017 vol. 9(4):203-244.

"Import Competition, Agency Problem and Aggregate Productivity: Theory and Evidence"
European Economic Review 2018 vol. 111: 421-442.

"The Comparative Statics of Optimal Hierarchies" (with Wing Suen)
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 2019 vol. 11 (2): 1-25. (lead article)

"Outward FDI and Domestic Input Distortions: Evidence from Chinese Firms" (with Miaojie Yu and Wei Tian) Economic Journal 2019 vol. 129: 3025–3057