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Li Yang

Research Associate, German Institute for Economic Research


Li Yang is a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and a research fellow at the World Inequality Lab.

Previously, he was a researcher in the World Bank DEC research group in Washington D.C. from 2013 to 2017, a Marie Curie research fellow at Paris School of Economics from 2018 to 2020, and a Stone research fellow at INSEAD from 2020 to 2021. He was also the coordinator for East and South Asia at the World Inequality Lab from 2018 to 2021.

Li main research interests pertain to income and wealth inequality, economic history and political economy. His research output has been published in leading scientific journals in both economics and sociology such as American Economic ReviewChina Economic Review and the British Journal of Sociology. His findings have also widely been discussed in diverse media outlets such as the Washington Postthe Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

Li received his PhD in Economics in 2019 from Xiamen University, China. He was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from European Commission in 2018 and a research grant from the World Bank DEC research group for individual research in 2014.

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China’s Urban Rich and the Quest For Common Prosperity

L. Yang, S. H. Lee

The key to closing China’s income gap lies in education and bolstering the ranks of its professionals, the meteoric rise of its urban elites in recent decades suggests.