Academic Appointments

2018-2022

Prize Fellow @ Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard

Postdoctoral Fellow @ J-PAL, MIT

2020-

Assistant Professor @ Department of Economics, Harvard

Publications

The Impact of Media Censorship: 1984 or Brave New World?

Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang

American Economic Review, Vol.109, No.6 (June 2019)

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[Published version] [Final draft (December 2018)]
Media coverage: [New York Times]

Protests as Strategic Games: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong's Anti-Authoritarian Movement

Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang

Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol.134, No.2 (May 2019)

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[Published version] [Final draft (October 2018)] [NBER WP (January 2017)]

Curriculum and Ideology

Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang

Journal of Political Economy, Vol.125, No.2 (April 2017)

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[Published version] [Final draft (October 2015)] [Previous draft (April 2014)]
Media coverage: [Bloomberg View] [Foreign Policy] [Deutsche Welle (Chinese)]

Working Papers

Historical Traumas and the Roots of Political Distrust: Political Inference from the Great Chinese Famine

Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang

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[Current draft (October 2019)]

Persistent Political Engagement: Social Interactions and the Dynamics of Protest Movements

Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang

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[Current draft (August 2019)]

The Fundamental Determinants of Anti-Authoritarianism

Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang

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[Current draft (March 2017)]
Media coverage: [South China Morning Post]

China's Lost Generation: Changes in Beliefs and their Intergenerational Transmission

Gerard Roland, David Y. Yang

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[Current draft (August 2017)] [NBER WP]

Salience of History and the Preference for Redistribution

Yuyu Chen, Hui Wang, David Y. Yang

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[Current draft (July 2017)]

Work in Progress

Data, Autocracy, and the Direction of Innovation: Evidence from China’s AI Industry

with Martin Beraja, Noam Yuchtman

The Coordination Consequences of Media Censorship: Experimental Evidence from China

with Yuyu Chen

Immersion Therapy: Political Ideology and Political Expression among Chinese College Students in the US

with Davide Cantoni, Aakaash Rao, Noam Yuchtman

Selection and Impact of Modern Industrial Employment: Field Experimental Evidence from a Chinese Factory in Tanzania

with Munir Squires, Noam Yuchtman

Understanding the Social Credit System in China

with Yuyu Chen, Esther Duflo

The Impact of Cultural Revolution: Upward Mobility, Social Identity and Traumatic Experiences

with Zhao Chen, Nancy Qian

Stereotypes and Politics

with Pedro Bordalo, Marco Tabellini

Revolution or Persistence? Evidence from China’s Land Reform and Cultural Revolution

with Alberto Alesina, Marlon Seror, Yang You, Weihong Zeng

Bureaucracy and Innovation

with Daron Acemoglu

The Selection and the Making of Civil Servants: Evidence from China’s College Graduate Civil Services Program

with Guojun He, Shaoda Wang, Qiong Zhang

Trust, Pursuit of Truth, and Selective Exposure of Partisan News

with Hunt Allcott, Matthew Gentzkow

Policy Articles

The impact of media censorship in China: 1984 or Brave New World?

David Y. Yang

voxDev column (May 2018) [Link]

Power to the people? China's policy trilemma in Hong Kong

Davide Cantoni, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman

London School of Economics Management Blog (October 2017) [Link]

Cultural change and intergenerational transmission: Some lessons from China's Cultural Revolution

Gerard Roland, David Y. Yang

voxEU column (August 2017) [Link]

Curriculum and ideology

Davide Cantoni, Yuyu Chen, David Y. Yang, Noam Yuchtman, Y. Jane Zhang

voxEU column (May 2014) [Link]

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