Dr. Zhang received a B.A. from Renmin University of China, an M.A. from Clark University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University. He was a dissertation fellow at the Brookings Institution during 2000-2001, and he worked as a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California before joining Clark in 2006.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Zhang specializes in applied microeconomics, with a focus on urban and regional economics. His research interests include regional economic development, entrepreneurship, local employment growth, racial housing segregation and urbanization in China. He teaches microeconomic theory, applied game theory, and urban economics.
"Measuring the Stringency of Land-Use Regulation: The Case of China's Building-Height Limits," with Jan K. Bruechner, Shihe Fu and Yizhen Gu, forthcoming in Review of Economics and Statistics.
"Walled Cities in Late Imperial China," with Yannis Ioannides, Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, 97, pp.71-88.
"The Preference for Larger Cities in China: Evidence from Rural-Urban Migrants," with Chunbing Xing, China Economic Review, 2017, 43, pp.72-90.
"The Effect of Housing Wealth on Labor Force Participation: Evidence from China," with Shihe Fu and Yu Liao, Journal of Housing Economics, 2016, 33, pp. 59-69.
Are People Willing to Pay for Less Segregation? Evidence from U.S. Internal Migration," with Liang Zheng, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2015, 53, pp. 97-112.
"Unaffordable Housing and Local Employment Growth: Evidence from California Municipalities," with Ritashree Chakrabarti, Urban Studies, 2015, 52(56), pp. 1134-1151.
"Interjurisdictional Competition for FDI: The Case of China's 'Development Zone Fever,'" Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2011, 41(2), pp. 145-159.
"Tipping and Residential Segregation: A Unified Schelling Model", Journal of Regional Science, 2011,51(1), pp. 167-193.
"Do Small Businesses Create More Jobs? New Evidence for the United States from the National Establishment Time Series", with David Neumark and Brandon Wall, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011, 93(1), pp. 16-29.
"The Advantage of Experienced Start-Up Founders in Venture Capital Acquisition: Evidence from Serial Entrepreneurs", Small Business Economics, 2011, 36(2), pp. 187-208.
"Why Do Some U.S. Universities Generate More Venture-Backed Academic Entrepreneurs than Others?", Venture Capital, 2009, 11, pp. 133-162.
"The Effects of Wal-Mart on Local Labor Markets", with David Neumark and Stephen Ciccarella, Journal of Urban Economics, 2008, 63(2), pp. 405-430.
"Employment Dynamics and Business Relocation: New Evidence from the National Establishment Time Series," with David Neumark and Brandon Wall, Research in Labor Economics, 2007, vol. 26, pp.39-83.
"Where the Jobs Are: Business Dynamics and Employment Growth", with David Neumark and Brandon Wall, Academy of Management Perspectives, 2006, 20(4), pp 79-94.
"Residential Segregation in an All-Integrationist World," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2004, 54, pp. 533-550.
"A Dynamic Model of Residential Segregation," Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 2004, 28, pp. 147-170.
"Growing Silicon Valley on a Landscape: An Agent-Based Approach to High-Tech Industrial Clusters," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 2003, 13, pp. 529-548.