LI, Yao Amber
PhD, University of Western Ontario
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Tel (852) 2358 7605
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AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Primary: International Trade and Finance, Chinese Economy
Secondary: Development, Economic Geography, International Business and Strategy, Applied Econometrics
Dr Yao Amber Li’s research interests include technology transfer, innovation, quality upgrading, FDI, agglomeration, TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights), and in particular, heterogeneous firms in emerging economies, based on microeconomic evidence from developing countries, especially from China. She worked as a research fellow in Planning Research Institute, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (previously, Ministry of Information Industry) of China between 2003 and 2005. She has participated in a series of China’s national research projects. She was one of the main framers and revisers of several China’s national industrial policies (digital TV, integrated circuits, software, etc.), and major policies regarding FDI, exporting, industrial agglomeration and economic development zones for Chinese government. During her PhD study, she joined several research projects sponsored by a national think-tanker, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, Canada). She holds a BA (2001) and an MA (2003) in Economics from Peking University (P.R. China) and a PhD (2010) in Economics from University of Western Ontario (UWO, Canada). She received a First-Prize National Award for Research Excellence issued by Ministry of Commerce of China in 2004 and the TM Brown Thesis Prize for best doctoral dissertation in Economics at UWO in 2010.
- "Innovation and Technology Transfer Policies in China, India, and Brazil". Manmohan Agarwal, Yao Amber Li, and John Whalley. World Scientific Reference on Asia and the World Economy. Vol 2, India and China: Comparative Experience and Prospects: pp. 171-201.
SELECTED PAPERS & PUBLICATIONS
- “Trade Liberalization, Quality, and Export Prices,” with Haichao Fan and Stephen Yeaple, Review of Economics and Statistics (forthcoming).
- “Credit Constraints, Quality, and Export Prices: Theory and Evidence from China,” with Haichao Fan and Edwin Lai, May 2015, Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol 43(2), pp. 390-416.
- “Borders and Distance in Knowledge Spillovers: Dying over Time or Dying with Age? - Evidence from Patent Citations,” October 2014, European Economic Review, Vol 71, pp. 152-172. Earlier version as CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2625.
- “The Higher Educational Transformation of China and Its Global Implications,” with John Whalley, Shunming Zhang, and Xiliang Zhao, The World Economy, April 2011, 34(4), pp. 516-545.
- “International Trade, Technology Diffusion, and the Role of Diffusion Barriers,” working paper, January 2013.
- “Credit Distribution and Export: Microeconomic Evidence from China,” with Chen Zhao, working paper, June 2013.
[Media Coverage] Assessing China’s Academic Orbit – Times Higher Education Article Quoting IEMS’ Yao Amber Li
[IEMS Working Paper] Trade Liberalization, Quality, and Export Prices by Yao Amber Li et al
[IEMS Working Paper] Credit Constraints, Quality, and Export Prices: Theory and Evidence from China by Yao Amber Li et al
[IEMS Working Paper] Input-Trade Liberalization and Markups by Yao Amber Li et al
[IEMS Working Paper] Import Response to Exchange Rate Fluctuations: A Micro-level Investigation by Yao Amber Li et al
[IEMS Grants] Agglomeration, Competition, and Firm Capability: Evidence from China and India (PDF) by Yao Amber Li
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