Shu Yu

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I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Skalny Center, University of Rochester.  My research interest lies mainly in Economic Development, Political Economy, and Trade.

  • European Journal of Political Economy 37, pp. 102-115, 2015. (with Jakob de Haan and Sjoerd Beugelsdijk)
  • The Rise and Fall of Small Businesses during Economic Development: Evidence from Chinese Cities” (with Ana Moreno and Victoria Euse), forthcoming at Growth and Change.
  • The Missing Link: China's Contracted Engineering Projects in Africa Review of Development Economics 18(3), pp. 564-584, 2014. (with Yin-Wong Cheung, Jakob de Haan, XingWang Qian)
  • China’s Outward Direct Investment in Africa” Review of International Economics 20(2), pp.201-220, 2012.(with Yin-Wong Cheung, Jakob de Haan, Xingwang Qian)
  • China‘s Investments in Africa” (Slides!) in The Evolving Role of China in the Global Economy 2010 CESifo Venice Summer Institute Conference Volume, edited by Yin-Wong Cheung and Jakob de Haan, MIT Press, 2012. (with Yin-Wong Cheung, Jakob de Haan, Xingwang Qian)
Working Papers
  1. "Political Leader Survival: Does Competence Matter?" (with Richard Jong-A-Pin), CESifo working paper no.4465, revise and resubmit at Public Choice.
  2. Successful Coups and Economic Growth” (with Richard Jong-A-Pin), KOF Working papers 10-252revise and resubmit at European Journal of Political Economy.
  3. "The Successor's Dilemma and Social Mobilization: In the Case of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution" (with Yuan Li and Yongjing Zhang), submitted.
  4. "Africa Rising: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend(with Paulo Drummond, Vimal Thakoor), IMF Working Paper no 14/143, cited in SSA Regional Economic Outlook (IMF, 2015).
  5. Political Stability, Leader Selection, and Economic Growth presented at the 2014 EPCS meeting, Cambridge and 2014 BBQ workshop, Heidelberg.
  6. "China's Outward Direct Investment: An Analysis at the Firm Level" (with Randall Stone, Yu Wang).
  7. "Designated Succession: When Does It Work in Authoritarian Regimes?(with Yuan Li and Yongjing Zhang).
  8. The Alma Mater Effect. Does Foreign Education of Political Leaders Influence Voting Behavior in the United Nations General Assembly?" (with Axel Dreher) presented at the 2014 SMYE, Vienna.
  9. ‘’Total Factor Productivity among Cities in China: Estimation and Explanation” (with Yan Xu), the Conference Board EPWP Np.12-01.
Work in Progress
    1. "Family Dynasties" (with Hein Goemans).
    2. "Who Visits China?" (with Randall Stone, Yu Wang).
    3. "Investment and Demographic Transition: The Implication for Africa" (with Vimal Thakoor).
    Research Experience
    • 2014: Post-doctoral Fellow at University of Rochester (Skanly Center)
    • 2013: the IMF Summer Internship Programme (Washington, D.C., USA)
    • 2010: the Robert H. McGuckin III Summer Fellowship in Economics, the Conference Board (NY, USA)