Daniel Yi Xu


Welcome to my research page.

I am currently Professor of Economics at Duke University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (PR, DEV, ITI Groups).

I am the co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. I am also an associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of International Economics, Quantitative Economics, the Rand Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

My research interests: Productivity/Innovation, International Trade, and Industry Dynamics

My research lies at the intersection of International Trade and Industrial Organization. My long-term research agenda is concentrated on using large-scale micro data to model and estimate a rich set of individual firm decisions, often dynamic, and to investigate how these decisions affect resource allocation, industry performance, and economic growth especially in developing and emerging economies.

Recently, I have also been exploring research methodologies combining structural IO/quantitative trade methods with quasi-random policy variations/RCT in developing countries.

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Working Papers (Preliminary Draft Soon Available):

Production Networks and Skill-biased Technology, with B. Demir, C. Fieler, and K. Yang

Two-Sided Search in International Markets, with J. Eaton, D. Jinkins, and J. Tybout

Tax Policy and Lumpy Investment: Evidence from China VAT Reform, with Z. Chen, X. Jiang, Z. Liu, and J.C. Suarez-Serrato

Working Papers under Submission:

Notching R&D Investment with Corporate Income Tax Cuts in China, with Z. Chen, Z. Liu, J.C. Suarez-Serrato, March, 2019

How Costly Are Markups, with Chris Edmond and Virgiliu Midrigan, Jan, 2019, R&R at Journal of Politcal Economy

A Structural Empirical Model of R&D Investment, Firm Heterogeneity, and Industry Evolution, March, 2008 (under major rewriting, conditionally accepted at JIndE)

Refereed Publications:

Understanding the Social Learning Effect in Contagious Switching Behavior, with Mandy Hu and Sha Yang, Management Science, accepted

The Role of Firm Factors in Demand, Cost, and Export Market Selection for Chinese Footwear Producers, with Mark J. Roberts, Xiaoyan Fan, and Shengxing Zhang, NBER Working Paper 17725, Review of Economic Studies, Oct, 2018

Competitors, Complementors, Parents and Places: Explaining Regional Agglomeration in the U.S. Auto Industry, with Luis Cabral and Zhu Wang, NBER Working Paper 18973, Review of Economic Dynamics, Oct, 2018 (Lead Article)

Also check out: https://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/econ_focus/2018/q4/economic_history

Trade, Quality Upgrading, and Input Linkages: A Theory with Evidence from Colombia, with Ana Cecilia Fieler and Marcela Eslava, NBER Working Paper, 19992, American Economic Review, Jan, 2018

Competition, Markups, and the Gains from International Trade, with Chris Edmond and Virgiliu Midrigan, American Economic Review, Oct, 2015

Indirect Input Linkages, with Marcela Eslava and Cecilia Fieler, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May, 2015

Finance and Misallocation: Evidence from Plant-level Data, with Virgiliu Midrigan, American Economic Review, Feb, 2014

Entry, Exit, and The Determinants of Market Structure, NBER Working Paper 15313, with Timothy Dunne, Shawn Klimek, and Mark J. Roberts, Rand Journal of Economics, Fall, 2013

Entrepreneurship and the Extensive Margin in Export Growth: A Microeconomic Accounting of Costa Rica’s Export Growth during 1997-2007, with Daniel Lederman and Andres Rodriguez-Clare, World Bank Economic Review, July, 2011

R&D Investment,Exporting, and Productivity Dynamics, with Bee Yan Aw and Mark J. Roberts, American Economic Review, June, 2011

Macroeconomic Implications of Size-Dependent Policies, with Nezih Guner and Gustavo Ventura. Review of Economic Dynamics, Oct, 2008

R&D Investment, Export, and the Evolution of Firm Productivity, with Bee Yan Aw and Mark Roberts, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May, 2008

How Costly are Restrictions on Size, with Nezih Guner and Gustavo Ventura, Japan and the World Economy, 2006, 18, 302-320.

Other Publications and Works:

The Dynamics of Market Structure and Market Size in Two Health Service Industries, with Timothy Dunne, Shawn Klimek,and Mark J. Roberts, in Timothy Dunne, J. Bradford Jensen, and Mark J.Roberts (eds.) Producer Dynamics: New Evidence from Micro Data, University of Chicago Press.

Structural Analysis of Multi-Category Buyer Expenditure and Seller Entry in Two-Sided Exchange Network, with Vishal Narayan, Sha Yang, and Russ Winer, April 2013, R&R at JMR, dormant working paper