Shuang SHI (石爽)
I am a PhD candidate in Economics at The Univeristy of Hong Kong. My main research interests are development economics and economic history. I am currently working on two research agendas. The first explores key factors that affect state formation and state evolution. To put it another way, we explain national borders and nation size. My job market paper proposes and empirically tests a theory for the endogenous formation and persistence of large states, using China as an example. In addition, we are carrying forward this project in a global context. The second agenda centers on the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure. We show how the state-led transportation infrastructure supported the Smithian growth and the early market economy's appearance in China. I also explored both the historical and persistent effects of China's Grand Canal.