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Albert Francis Park



Aging, Applied Microeconomics, Belt and Road, China's Economy,  Development Economics, Human Capital, Labor Economics


Albert Park is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. His research has been featured by the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, and NPR. Professor Park is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), the International Growth Centre (Oxford/LSE/DFID), and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group (Chicago). In recent years he has published articles in leading economics journals on firm performance, poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, and the economics of aging in China. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Comparative Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, and Chinese Economic Review. Prof. Park has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China; currently he is PI for a new firm-worker survey in the Pearl River Delta, PI for the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a longitudinal study of rural youth, and co-PI for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, and has consulted frequently for the World Bank. 


  • Gallagher, Mary, John Giles, Albert Park, and Meiyan Wang, “China’s 2008 Labor Contract Law: Implementation and Impacts on Workers,” Human Relations, forthcoming.
  • Cai, Hongbin, Hongbin Li, Albert Park, and Li-an Zou, “Family Ties and Organizational Design: Evidence from Chinese Private Firms,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3): 850-867, 2013.
  • Giles, John, Dewen Wang, and Albert Park. “Expanding Social Insurance Coverage in China,” Research in Labor Economics 37: 123-179, 2013.
  • Park, Albert, Yan Shen, John Strauss, and Yaohui Zhao. “Relying on Whom?: Poverty and Consumption Financing of China’s Elderly,” in National Research Council (J.P. Smith and M. Majmundar, Eds.), Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press), pp. 148-172, 2012.
  • Mangyo, Eiji, and Albert Park. “Relative Deprivation and Health: Which Reference Groups Matter?” Journal of Human Resources 46(3): 459-481, 2011.
  • Park, Albert, Dean Yang, Xinzheng Shi, and Yuan Jiang. “Exporting and Firm Performance: Chinese Exporters and the Asian Financial Crisis,” Review of Economics and Statistics 92(4): 822–842, 2010.
  • Park, Albert, and Sangui Wang. “Community Development and Poverty Alleviation: An Evaluation of China’s Poor Village Investment Program,” Journal of Public Economics, 94(9-10): 790-799, 2010.
  • Cai, Fang, Yaohui Zhao, and Albert Park. “The Chinese Labor Market in the Reform Era,” in Loren Brandt and Thomas Rawski, eds., China’s Economic Transition: Origins, Mechanism, and Consequences, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Park, Albert, and Minggao Shen. “Refinancing and Decentralization: Evidence from China,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations 66(3-4): 703-730, 2008.
  • Giles, John, Albert Park, and Fang Cai. “Re-employment of Dislocated Workers in Urban China: the Roles of Information and Incentives,” Journal of Comparative Economics 34(3): 582-607, 2006.