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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

  Office: SDE1/05-26
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Dr.Qin Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Real Estate. Her research interests include: 1) the impact of infrastructure investment (such as high-speed rail and highways) on economic growth and redistribution; 2) urban externalities (such as air pollution and noises) and the economic consequences; 3) topics related to land market and housing market, including land prices and housing prices, affordability issues, and the consequences on firms and individuals. Dr.Qin completed her PhD in applied economics and management at Cornell University in 2014.

  • Transport costs

  • Housing and Land Market 

  • Air pollution

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Chinese economy


Ph.D, Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2014

M.S., Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2011

B.A., Finance, Peking University, 2009

B.S., Statistics, Peking University, 2009



Yu Qin*, Hongjia Zhu. “Run Away?​ Air Pollution and Emigration Interests in China.” Journal of Population Economics, 2018 Vol 31 (1): pp235-266.  

Yu Qin, Fei Wang*. “Too Early or Too Late? What have we Learned from the 30-year Two-Child Policy Experiment in Yicheng, China?” Demographic Research, 2017 Vol 37: pp929-956.

Yu Qin*. “No County Left Behind?” The Distributional Impact of High-Speed Rail Upgrades in China. Journal of Economic Geography, 2017 Vol 17(3): pp489-520. 

Yu Qin, Hongjia Zhu, Rong Zhu*. “Changes in the Distribution of Land Prices in Urban China during 2007-2012.​​ Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2016 Vol 57: pp77-90.  

Yu Qin*, Xiaobo Zhang. “The Road to Specialization in Agricultural Production: Evidence from Rural China.” World Development, 2016 Vol 77: pp1-16. (lead article)

Mi Diao, Yu Qin, Tien Foo Sing*. “Negative Externality of Rail Noise and Housing Values: Evidence from the Cessation of Railway Operations in Singapore.” Real Estate Economics, 2016 Vol 44(4): pp878-917.  

Yu Qin*. “China's Transport Infrastructure Investment: Past, Present and Future.” Asian Economic Policy Review, 2016 Vol 11(2): pp199-217.

Nancy H. Chau, Ravi Kanbur and Yu Qin*. “Do Public Work Schemes Deter or Encourage Outmigration? Empirical Evidence from China.” IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2014 3:4

Working Papers:

“Negotiating Housing Deal on a Polluted Day: Consequences and Possible Explanations" (with Jing Wu and Jubo Yan, accepted at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management) (SSRN #3147359)

“International Technology Transfer and Domestic Innovation: Evidence from China’s High Speed Railway Technology Transfer” CEP Discussion Paper No.1393, December 2015 (with Yatang Lin and Zhuan Xie, R&R at Research Policy)

“Can Price Regulation Improve Land Use Efficiency? Evidence from Industrial Land Market in China” (with Yatang Lin, Zoe Yang Yang and Hongjia Zhu, R&R at Regional Science and Urban Economics)

“Leader Networks and Transaction Costs: A Chinese Experiment in Interjurisdictional Contracting" IZA Discussion Paper 9641. Feb 2018 (with Nancy Chau and Weiwen Zhang)

“Housing Affordability in China” (with Keyang Li and Jing Wu, under review)  (SSRN #3227550)

“Tax Evasion, Capital Gain Taxes, and the Housing Market,” with Sumit Agarwal, Keyang Li, Jing Wu and Jubo Yan. under review (SSRN #3241127)

"Facilitating Investment Flows: Evidence from China’s High Speed Passenger Rail Network" (with Yatang Lin, Johan Sulaeman, Jubo Yan, Jialiang Zhang)

"Informal Interactions among Top Managers on the Golf Courses and the market Information Efficiency" (with Sumit Agarwal, Tien Foo Sing and Xiaoyu Zhang)

 "Gene, Economic Preference and Behaviors" (with Jianqing Ruan, Ling Wang, and Jubo Yan).


RE2101 Real Estate Market Analysis (AY2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018)

RE1101 Real Estate Finance (AY2015/2016, 2016/2017)

RE1705 Real Estate Finance and Accounting (AY2017/2018, 2018/2019)

RE2706 Real Estate and Infrastructure Financing (AY2018/2019)

RE6005 Real Estate Economics Seminar (AY2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018)

GEK2013 Real Estate Finance (AY 2014/2015)

BMM5105 Urban Planning and Real Estate Economics (in Chinese) (AY2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019)


Guest editor

Journal of Housing Economics (Special Issue on Superstar Cities, Globalization, and Affordability, with Yongheng Deng and Jing Wu)

Referee for the following peer-reviewed journals

Journal of Economic Geography; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Regional Science and Urban Economics; China Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change; Journal of Regional Science; Economic Inquiry; Housing Studies; Real Estate Economics; Urban Affairs Review; Singapore Economic Review.

Reviewer for Hong Kong Research Grant Council


School Teaching Excellence Award (2017-2018)

Outstanding Reviewer for the China Economic Review (2016)

School Teaching Excellence Award (2016-2017)

Ministry of Education Tier 1 Grant (2014-2017)

Gregory Chow’s Best Paper Award of CES Annual Conference (2012)

Outstanding Graduate of Beijing (2009)


My paper about air pollution and emigration interests:

-- CNPolitics (政见)  Caixin (财新周刊)  香樟经济学术圈   Mainichi Newspapers (in Japanese, paper media, June 2016)

My paper about air pollution and housing price:

--Caixin Blog

My paper about the distributional impact of high-speed rail:

--香樟经济学术圈 (ranked as top 4 in terms of number of views among 300+ twitted papers in 2017)

My paper about two-child policy and fertility:


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