Shu Yu

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I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Skalny Center, University of Rochester.  My research interest is mainly Economic Development, Growth and Political Economy (Political leader survival and selection). 


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. Games of the Throne: Political Stability and Leader Selection presented at the 2014 EPCS meeting, Cambridge and 2014 BBQ workshop, Heidelberg.
  3. Successful Coups and Economic Growth” (with Richard Jong-A-Pin), KOF Working papers 10-252revise and resubmit at Journal of Development Economics.
  4. "Africa Rising: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend" (with Paulo Drummond, Vimal Thakoor), IMF Working Paper no 14/143.
  5. The Alma Mater Effect. Does Foreign Education of Political Leaders Influence Voting Behavior in the United Nations General Assembly?" (with Axel Dreher and Richard Jong-A-Pin) presented at the 2014 SMYE, Vienna.
  6. ‘’Total Factor Productivity among Cities in China: Estimation and Explanation” (with Yan Xu), the Conference Board EPWP Np.12-01.
  7. "The Successor's Dilemma in Authoritarian Regimes: The Role of Social Mobilisation" (with Yuan Li and Yongjing Zhang).
Work in Progress
  1. "Political Dynasties" (with Hein Goemans).
  2. “Persistence of Leader Types” (with Pim Heijnen).
  3. "Competing for Africa: China's Outward Direct Investment in Africa at the Firm Level" (with Randall Stone).
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)