Jie Bai

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I am an Assistant Professor in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2016, and spent one year at Microsoft Research New England prior to joining HKS.

My research is at the intersection between development, IO and trade, focusing on information frictions and quality issues as well as other institutional barriers that hinder firm growth. My recent projects have examined firms’ incentive and ability to build a reputation for quality, the relationship between firm growth and corruption, and the impact of internal trade barriers among Chinese provinces on firms' export behavior.

My ongoing work includes studying reputational forces in online and offline export markets, information frictions in firm-to-firm trade, and quality upgrading in developing countries.

In addition to working on firm-related topics, I am also interested in the development of rural enterprises and farmer organizations.