Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Wu Guiying Laura

Associate Chair
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Email: guiying.wu@ntu.edu.sg
Assoc Prof Wu Guiying Laura

Biography
2019/02 Associate Professor in Economics, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

2009/08 Assistant Professor in Economics, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

2009/07 DPhil in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
(with Edgeworth Prize for Outstanding DPhil thesis)

2006/06 MPhil in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
(with Distinction)

2004/06 MA in Economics (uncompleted), Department of Economics, Fudan University

2002/06 BA in Economics, Department of Economics, Fudan University
Research Interests
My current research centers on the effects of various distortions and frictions on firms' investment and financing behavior and their implications to economic development and resource allocation. Although such research questions have been interesting economists for a long time, the key challenge is to distinguish the distortions/frictions of our interest from the fundamentals that determine firms’ productivity or demand. The emphasis of my research is to design identification strategies in a structural econometric approach, which aims to estimate distortions/frictions and fundamentals simultaneously. It thus addresses the most challenging issues in using observational data—endogeneity and selection bias, and offers a quantitative economic laboratory for counterfactuals and welfare analyses.

I’m also genuinely interested in topics on Chinese economy, for example how industrialization, globalization and urbanization serve as the three growth engines for China, and how the local governments play a role in development under the regionally decentralized authoritarianism.
Current Projects
  • Bridging Econometric Models and Big Data Approach: Quantitative Analysis of Financial Markets
  • Is Public Investment Productive and Efficient?
  • What determines teaching and learning effectiveness?
Selected Publications
  • Qu Feng, Guiying Laura Wu. (2018). On the Reverse Causality between Output and Infrastructure: the Case of China. Economic Modelling, 74, 97-104.
  • Qu Feng, Zhifeng Wang and Guiying Laura Wu. (2018). Productivity Dynamics of Chinese Manufacturing Firms. The Singapore Economic Review, , forthcoming.
  • Qu Feng, Guiying Laura Wu. (2018). On the Reverse Causality between Output and Infrastructure: the Case of China. China Meeting of the Econometric Society, June 15-17, 2018, Fudan University.
  • Chanbora Ek and Guiying Laura Wu. (2018). Investment-Cash Flow Sensitivities and Capital Misallocation. Journal of Development Economics, 133, 220-230.
  • Guiying Laura Wu. (2018). Capital Misallocation in China: Financial Frictions or Policy Distortions?. Journal of Development Economics, 130, 203-223.

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