Faculty Biography

Junfu Zhang

Junfu Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Clark University
950 Main St
Worcester, MA 01610

Office: Room 121, Jonas Clark Hall
Phone: 508-793-7247
Email: juzhang@clarku.edu

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Curriculum Vitae

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. He served as the president of the Chinese Economists Society (CES) from 2019-2020.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Zhang specializes in applied microeconomics, with a focus on urban and regional economics. His research interests include urbanization in China, regional economic development, entrepreneurship and job creation, and racial housing segregation.  He teaches microeconomic theory, applied game theory, and urban economics.  

Selected Publications

"Do Women Give Up Competing More Easily?  Evidence from Speedcubers," with Chao Fang and Ernest Zhang.  Economics Letters, 2021, 205, 109943.

"Hukou Status, Housing Tenure Choice and Wealth Accumulation in Urban China," with Yu Liao, China Economic Review, 2021, 68, 101638.

"Subways and Road Congestion," with Yizhen Gu, Chang Jiang, and Ben Zou, American Economic Journal:  Applied Economics, 2021, 13(2), pp.83-115.

"Land Conversion across Cities in China," with Shihe Fu and Xiaocong Xu, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2021, 87, 103643.

"Walled Cities and Urban Density in China," with Rui Du, Papers in Regional Science, 2019, 98, pp.1517-1539.

"Measuring the Stringency of Land-Use Regulation:  The Case of China's Building-Height Limits," with Jan K. Brueckner, Shihe Fu and Yizhen Gu, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 99, pp. 663-677.

"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.


"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.