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Zhuan Pei (裴撰)    Sex: Male    Citizenship: China (U.S. Green Card)
Phone: 1-607-255-2503    E-mail: zhuan.pei@cornell.edu
Address: Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Current Positions

       Assistant Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, July 2015-Present
            Research Affiliate, IZA, June 2016-Present

Past Positions

             Assistant Professor of Economics, Brandeis University, 2013-2015
             Postdoc Economist, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2012-2013


            Princeton University, Ph.D. in Economics, June 2012
            Carleton College, B.A. in Mathematics (with Distinction), summa cum laude, June 2006

Working Papers

         “Local Polynomial Order in Regression Discontinuity Designs”, with David Card, David S. Lee, and Andrea Weber, Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #622. Previous version: Brandeis Economics Department Working Paper #81.

Are Sufficient Statistics Necessary? Nonparametric Measurement of Deadweight Loss in Unemployment Insurance”, with David S. Lee, Pauline Leung, Chris O’Leary, and Simon Quach, NBER Working Paper #25574. 

Work in Progress 

“Further Education during Unemployment”, with Pauline Leung.

The Effects of Employment Incentives and Cash Transfers on Parent and Child Outcomes: Evidence from the Long Run Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments”, with Richard Hendra, Hilary Hoynes, Virginia Knox, Pauline Leung, and Jordan Matsudaira. 

Graphical Presentation in Regression Discontinuity Designs”, with Christina Korting, Carl Lieberman, Jordan Matsudaira, Yi Shen, and Michael Daly. 


“Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right”, with Jörn-Steffen Pischke and Hannes Schwandt, NBER Working Paper #23232, forthcoming, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

“The Devil is in the Tails: Regression Discontinuity Design with Measurement Error in the Assignment Variable”, with Yi Shen, Advances in Econometrics, volume 38 (Regression Discontinuity Designs: Theory and Applications) edited by Matias D. Cattaneo and Juan Carlos Escanciano: 455-502, May 2017. Working paper version: Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #606.

Regression Kink Design: Theory and Practice”, with David Card, David S. Lee, and Andrea Weber, Advances in Econometricsvolume 38 (Regression Discontinuity Designs: Theory and Applications) edited by Matias D. Cattaneo and Juan Carlos Escanciano: 341-382, May 2017. Working paper version: NBER Working Paper #22781.

Eligibility Recertification and Dynamic Opting-in Incentives in Income-tested Social Programs: Evidence from Medicaid/CHIP”, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9(1): 241-276. Working paper version: Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-234. 

Inference on Causal Effects in a Generalized Regression Kink Design”, with David Card, David S. Lee, and Andrea Weber, Econometrica, 83(6): 2463-2483, Nov 2015. Working paper versions: Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-218 and IZA Discussion Paper #8757; Nonlinear Policy Rules and the Identification and Estimation of Causal Effects in a Generalized Regression Kink Design”, NBER Working Paper #18564; Quasi-Experimental Identification and Estimation in the Regression Kink Design”, Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #553.

            The Effect of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment Insurance Receipt: New Evidence from a Regression Kink Design in Missouri, 2003-2013”, with David Card, Andrew Johnston, Pauline Leung, and Alex Mas, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 105(5): 126-130: May 2015. Working paper version: NBER Working Paper #20869.  

Arecibo Multi-Epoch HI Absorption Measurements Against Pulsars: Tiny-Scale Atomic Structure, with S. Stanimirović, J. M. Weisberg, K. Tuttle, and J. T. Green, Astrophysical Journal, 720: 415-434, Sept 2010.

Health Care: Time for a Check Up,” (Not Peer-reviewed) with Gabriel Wildau and Arthur Kroeber, China Economic Quarterly, Q3 Sept 2007.         

Grants, Honors and Awards

Institute of Social Sciences Faculty Fellow, Cornell University, 2018-2019

Russell Sage Foundation Research Award (co-PI), with Hilary Hoynes (PI) and Jordan Matsudaira (co-PI), $129,677, 2017-2019

Center for the Study of Inequality Faculty Research Grant (co-PI), with Jordan Matsudaira (PI) and Pauline Leung (co-PI), $60,777, 2017-2018

Albert Rees Dissertation Prize, Princeton University, 2017

Institute of Social Sciences Small Grant (PI), with Pauline Leung (PI), Cornell University, $7,500, 2017-2019

Theodore and Jane Normal Fund, Brandeis University, 2013-2014

Richard A. Lester Fellowship for Industrial Relations, Princeton University, 2009-2010

Frank E. Stinchfield Prize, Carleton College, 2006

Patricia V. Damon Merit Scholarship, Carleton College, 2005-2006

Dean’s List, Carleton College, 2002-2006

Reeve Prize, Carleton College, 2005

Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College, 2005

Seminar/Conference Presentations

2019: Cornell University (scheduled), UC Irvine (scheduled)

2018: CIRANO-CIREQ Aplied Economics Conference, UC Davis, APPAM conference, NTA conference, Central European University, Northwestern University

2017: Jinan University IESR, EALE meeting, University of Zurich, Duke University, CUFE CHLR International Symposium (scheduled), CMStatistics Conference (scheduled)

2016: University at Buffalo, Cornell University, Advances in Econometrics Conference (U Michigan), Central University of Finance and Economics, Tsinghua University, Hanyang University, Econometric Society China Meeting, Sichuan University

2015: Cornell University, SOLE/EALE Meeting, Eoconometric Society World Congress

2014: University of Michigan, George Washington University

2013: SOLE Meeting, Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting

2012: APPAM Research Conference, Brandeis University, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Mathematica Policy Research, Queen's University School of   Policy Studies (Canada), Swarthmore College, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Western Michigan University

             2011:  Princeton University, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research         

Teaching Experience

             Instructor, Cornell University
                  Labor Markets and Public Policy (undergraduate), Spring 2016-2019
                  Empirical Strategies for Policy Research II (Ph.D.), Fall 2015, Spring 2017-2019
                  Honors Thesis Adviser (undergraduate), 2017-2018

             Instructor, Brandeis University
                 Advanced Econometrics (Ph.D.), Spring 2015

                 Honors Thesis Adviser (undergraduate), 2013-2015

                 Econometrics (undergraduate), Fall 2013, 2014

             Assistant Instructor, Princeton University
    Junior Independent Work, Professor Alex Mas, 2011-2012, 2008-2009                 
                 Junior Independent Work
, Professor Andrew Shephard, 2011-2012
                 Econometrics: A Mathematical Approach,
Professor Andriy Norets, Fall 2010
                 Law and Economics
, Professor Thomas Leonard, Fall 2008

              Tutor, Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute, Princeton, Summer 2008, 2009
              Tutor, Math Skills Center, Carleton College, 2003-2006
              Grader, Department of Mathematics, Carleton College, 2002-2004                 

Professional Experience

            Research Associate, Dragonomics Research and Advisory, 2007
            Intern, China International Trust Investment Company Auditing Department, 2006
            Consultant (Carleton College Senior COMPS Project), Northwest Airlines, 2005-2006


            American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Southern Economic Journal

University Service

             Co-organizer of method mini-course, Cornell University, 2016, 2017
             Co-organizer of PAM seminar series, Cornell University, 2017-present
             Member of economics Ph.D. admissions committee, Cornell University, 2017-present
             Member of faculty recruiting committee, Cornell University, 2015 

Co-organizer of economics seminar series, Brandeis University, 2014-2015

             Graduate Economics Club, Princeton University: Social co-chair, 2007-2008; Treasurer, 2008-2009               


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