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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

  Office: SDE1/05-26
  Tel: 65-65163556
  Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Dr.Qin Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Real Estate. Her research interests include urban and regional economics, economic development, international trade, and applied econometrics. Dr.Qin completed her PhD in applied economics and management at Cornell University in 2014.

  • Transport costs

  • Housing and Land Market 

  • Innovation

  • Air pollution

  • 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



1. Run Away?​ Air Pollution and Emigration Interests in China. (with Hongjia Zhu, forthcoming at Journal of Population Economics) (SSCI)

2. "No County Left Behind?" The Distributional Impact of High-speed Rail Upgrades in China, Journal of Economic Geography, 2017 Vol 17(3): pp489-520. (SSCI)

3. Changes in the Distribution of Land Prices in Urban China during 2007-2012​. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2016 Vol 57: pp77-90. (with Hongjia Zhu and Rong Zhu) (SSCI)

4. China's Transport Infrastructure Investment: Past, Present and Future. Asian Economic Policy Review, 2016 Vol 11(2). (SSCI)

5. The Road to Specialization in Agricultural Production: Evidence from Rural China. World Development, 2016 Vol 77: pp1-16. (with Xiaobo Zhang) (SSCI)

6. Negative Externality of Rail Noise and Housing Values: Evidence from the Cessation of Railway Operations in Singapore (with Tien Foo Sing and Mi Diao, forthcoming, Real Estate Economics) (SSCI)

7. Do Public Work Schemes Deter or Encourage Outmigration? Empirical Evidence from China.  IZA Journal of Labor&Development, 2014 3:4 (with Nancy Chau and Ravi Kanbur)

8. The Impact of Parental Son Preference on Children's Educational Attainments and Its Mechanism. Economic Science, Vol.2, 2010 (in Chinese, with Wanchuan Lin)

Working Papers:
1. "Leader Networks and Transaction Costs: A Chinese Experiment in Interjurisdictional Contracting" IZA Discussion Paper 9641. Jan 2016 (with Nancy Chau and Weiwen Zhang, Submitted)

2. Technology Transfer and Domestic Innovation: Evidence from the High-Speed Rail Sector in China” April 2017 (with Yatang Lin and Zhuan Xie, Submitted

3. “Housing Prices and Mating Preferences: Evidence from a Chinese Online Dating Website” (with Yongheng Deng and Hongjia ZhuUnder Revision)

4. "Too Early or Too Late? What have we Learned from the 30-Year Two-child Policy Experiment" (with Fei Wang, R&R at Demographic Research)

5. “The Love of Risk: Misperception or Preference?” (with Jubo YanUnder Revision

6. "Why does Smog Drive up Housing Prices? A Behavioral Explanation" (with Jing Wu and Jubo Yan, Submitted)




RE2101 Real Estate Market Analysis

RE1101 Real Estate Finance

RE6005 Real Estate Economics Seminar

GEK2013 Real Estate Finance

BMM5105 Urban Planning and Real Estate Economics

  Last Modified: 2017-07-06