Assistant Professor, Economics

University of Oklahoma

Contact Information

308 Cate Center Drive Room 438 CCD1, Norman OK, 73019


Academic Employment and Affiliations

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma, 2016 - now

Fellow, Global Labor Organization, 2018 - now

Associate Professor (tenured), Birmingham-Southern College, 2016

Assistant Professor, Birmingham-Southern College, 2013 - 2016

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2008 - 2013


Ph.D., Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, Jan 2004 - Aug 2008

M.S., Applied Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, Jan 2002 - Dec 2003

B.A., International Finance, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, Sept 1997 - Jul 2001

Awards and Honors

2018 Kuznets Prize, “Knot Yet: Minimum Marriage Age Law, Marriage Delay, and Earnings” (with Le Wang), Journal of Population Economics

Vibhooti Shukla Fellowship, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005-2006

Graduate Assistantship, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2002– 2006

Research Interests

Labor Economics: Economics of Immigration, Entrepreneurship, Gender and Minority, Family, Labor Demand


  1. “Tightened Immigration Policies and the Self-Employment Outcomes of Mexican Immigrants," forthcoming, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
  2. "September 11 and the Rise of Necessity Self-Employment among Mexican Immigrants" (with Magnus Lofstrom), forthcoming, Eastern Economic Journal
  3. “Immigrants and Entrepreneurship” (with Magnus Lofstrom), forthcoming, IZA World of Labor
  4. "Knot Yet: Minimum Marriage Age Law, Marriage Delay, and Earnings" (with Le Wang), Journal of Population Economics, 30:3, 771-804, 2017 [link] 2018 Kuznets Prize winner
  5. “The Impact of 9/11 on Self-Employment Outcomes of Arab and Muslim Immigrants”, International Migration Review, 52:430-457, 2018 . [link]
  6. “Do EPA Regulations Affect Labor Demand? Evidence from the Pulp and Paper Industry”, (with Merve Cebi, Wayne Gray, and Ronald J. Shadbegian), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68:1, 188-202, 2014.[link]
  7. "Employer-Provided Health Insurance and Labor Supply of Married Women" (with Merve Cebi), Eastern Economic Journal, 39, 493-510, 2013. [link]
  8. “The Effects of 9/11 on Intermarriage between Natives and Immigrants to the U.S.” (with Le Wang), Review of Economics of the Household, Vol.10, No.2, pp.171-192, 2012. [link]
  9. “Language Skills and the Earnings Distribution among Child Immigrants” (with Le Wang), Industrial Relations, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 297-322, 2011. [link]
  10. “Mexican-Hispanic Self-Employment: A Dynamic Analysis of Business Ownership” (with Magnus Lofstrom), Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 29, pp.197-227, 2009. [link]
  11. “Did 9/11 Affect Hispanic-Americans’ Self-Employment Entry and Exit Decisions” (with Magnus Lofstrom), International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 30 No. ½, pp.176-87, 2009 [link]
  12. “Mexican-Hispanic Self-Employment Entry: The Role of Business Start-Up Constraints” (with Magnus Lofstrom), Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, September 2007. [link]

Select Working Papers

  1. “Social Network and Self-employment Outcomes among migrants in China” (with Hao Li), invited for submission for a special issue of Journal of Labor Research.
  2. “Self-Employment and Labor Market Assimilation of Immigrants 1980 – 2016” (with Magnus Lofstrom)
  3. “How Immigration Enforcement is Shaping Immigrant Marriage Patterns” (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo)
  4. “The Price of Biological Clock” (with Ying Chen and Le Wang)
  5. “Immigrant Labor Supply: Does Legal Status Matter?” (with Jaeho Kim and Le Wang)
  6. “Marijuana Legalization and Youth Education” (with Qihong Liu and Le Wang)
  7. “Political Party and Labor Market Outcomes”