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Dr. Qin Yu is an associate professor (with tenure) in the Department of Real Estate. Her research interests include: 1) the impact of infrastructure investment (such as high-speed rail) on economic growth and redistribution; 2) the socioeconomic consequences of air pollution and climate change; 3) topics related to land market and housing market, including land and housing prices, housing policies and housing affordability. Dr. Qin completed her PhD in applied economics and management at Cornell University in 2014.

  • Transportation

  • Housing and Land Market 

  • Environmental Economics

  • 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


Publications (* indicates corresponding author):

1Lin, Yatang*, Yu Qin, and Zhuan Xie. "Does foreign technology transfer spur domestic innovation? Evidence from the high-speed rail sector in China." Journal of Comparative Economics2020, forthcoming.

2. Sumit Agarwal, Keyang Li, Yu Qin*, Jing Wu and Jubo Yan. “Tax Evasion, Capital Gain Taxes, and the Housing Market,” Journal of Public Economics Volume 188, 2020: 104222

3. Yatang Lin, Yu Qin, Zoe Yang Yang, Hongjia Zhu*. "Can Price Regulation Improve Land-Use Intensity? Evidence from Industrial Land Market in China,” Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 81, 2020: 103501

4. Keyang Li, Yu Qin, Jing Wu*. “Recent Housing Affordability in Urban China: A Comprehensive Overview," China Economic Review, Volume 59, February 2020, 101362

5. Deng, Yongheng*, Yu Qin, Jing Wu. "Superstar Cities and the Globalization Pressures on Affordability," Journal of Housing Economics, 2019, forthcoming.

6. Yu Qin, Jing Wu*, Jubo Yan. “Negotiating Housing Deal on a Polluted Day: Consequences and Possible Explanations.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2019 Vol 94: pp161-187.

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

8. 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.

9. 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. 

10. 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.  

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

12. 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.  

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

14. 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:

1. "The Unheated Land: How Heating Services Bias Land Purchase Behaviours," with Yinghao Pan, Fan Zhang and Hongjia Zhu. under review  

2. "Impact of Temperature on Morbidity: New Evidence from China" with Sumit Agarwal, Luwen Shi, Guoxu Wei and Hongjia Zhu. accepted at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

3. "Impact of High-Speed Rail on Road Traffic and Greenhouse Gas Emissions" with Yatang Lin, Jing Wu and Mandi Xu. Revise & Resubmit at Nature Climate Change

4. "Plumbing versus Nudging: the Long Lasting Effect of Efficiency Improvement Projects on Water Conservation," with Sumit Agarwal, Eduardo Araral, Mingxuan Fan and Huanhuan Zheng. Revise & Resubmit at Nature Human Behaviour

5. "Disguised Pollution: Industrial Activities in the Dark," with Sumit Agarwal and Hongjia Zhu. Reject & Resubmit  at Journal of Public Economics

6. ‘’ The Local Labor Market Effect of Relaxing Internal Migration Restrictions: Evidence from China," with Lei An, Jing Wu and Wei You. Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Labor Economics

7. "Expanding Footprints: The Impact of Passenger Transportation on Corporate Locations," with Yatang Lin, Johan Sulaeman, Jubo Yan, Jialiang Zhang. Revise & Resubmit at Review of Finance

8. "Containing the Virus or Reviving the Economy? Evidence from Individual Expectations during the COVID-19 Epidemic" (with Keyang Li, Jing Wu and Jubo Yan) under review

9. "The Impact of Fertility Relaxation on Female Labor Market Outcomes," with Sumit Agarwal, Keyang Li and Jing Wu. under review  

10. "Genetic Distance and Intra-National Variation in Preferences and Behaviour," with Jianqing Ruan, Ling Wang, and Jubo Yan. under revision

11. “Leader Networks and Transaction Costs: A Chinese Experiment in Interjurisdictional Contracting," IZA Discussion Paper 9641. Feb 2018 with Nancy Chau and Weiwen Zhang. Revise & Resubmit at Land Economics

12. “Household Asset Portfolios during the Covid-19 Pandemic,” with Sumit Agarwal, Keyang Li, Jing Wu and Jubo Yan. (SSRN #3674702) under revision

13. “Does Information Reduce COVID-19 Related Stigmatization?” with Sumit Agarwal, Keyang Li, Jing Wu and Jubo Yan. under review

14. "Who Can Adapt to Air Pollution? Evidence from Professional Football Players in China" with Jing Wu and Rongjie Zhang. Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Sports Economics

15.  “What Drives Health-Care Spending in China? A Nationwide Decomposition Analysis,” with Keyang Li and Jing Wu.  under revision

16. "Informal Interactions among Top Managers on the Golf Courses and the market Information Efficiency" (with Sumit Agarwal and Xiaoyu Zhang) under revision


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, 2019/2020, 2020/2021)

RE2706 Real Estate and Infrastructure Financing (AY2018/2019; AY2020/21)

RE5004 Real Estate Economics (AY2020/21)

RE5013 Urban Policy & Real Estate Markets (AY2019/2020)

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

GEK2013 Real Estate Finance (AY 2014/2015)

BMM5105/PP5727 Urban Planning and Real Estate Economics (in Chinese) (AY2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021)



Co-Editor, China Economic Review (2021- )

Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Geography (2021- )

Associate Editor, China Economic Review (2020)

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; Management Science; PNAS; Journal of Population Economics; Regional Science and Urban Economics; China Economic Review; Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance; Economic Development and Cultural Change; Journal of Regional Science; Journal of Housing Economics; Economic Inquiry; Journal of Transport Geography; Housing Studies; Real Estate Economics; Growth and Change; International Tax and Public Finance; Review of Development Economics; Urban Affairs Review; Singapore Economic Review.

Reviewer for Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Conference Program Committee

2021 AREUEA-ASSA Conference

2020 AREUEA-ASSA Conference

2019 AsRES Conference

Conference Local Organizing Committee

2020 AsRES Conference


School Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll (2020- )

MOE SSRTG Grant (Co-PI, SGD$832,816, 2020-2023)

NUS Annual Teaching Excellent Award (2018-19)

School Teaching Excellence Award (2018-2019)

2019 CFA Award of the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference

2019 GCREC Conference Best Paper Award (Second Level)

New Energy R&D Grant (Co-PI, SGD$100,000 2019-2022)

School Teaching Excellence Award (2017-2018)

School Teaching Excellence Award (2016-2017)

Ministry of Education Tier 1 Grant (PI, SGD$120,000 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:


  Last Modified: 2021-06-21