Guojun He is an economist working on environmental, development, and governance issues. Currently, he is a tenured associate professor in economics and management & strategy at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He holds a concurrent appointment at the University of Chicago's interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) and serves as the research director of its China center (EPIC-China).
Before joining HKU, he worked as an assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a post-doc researcher at Harvard University.
He's research tries to address some of the most challenging problems faced by developing countries and seeks to produce empirically-grounded estimates for optimal policy design. The majority of his work focuses on understanding the benefits and costs of environmental policies. [Read More]
Cost of Water Pollution Regulation
Using a spatial RD design implicit in China’s water quality monitoring system, we find that China’s water quality regulations cause significant economic cost.
Huai River Policy and Life Expectancy
Exploiting China's winter heating policy, our paper shows that sustained exposure to air pollution shortened the life expectancy of northern Chinese people.
Use Technology to Address the P-A Problem
This paper shows that China's automated air quality monitoring system improves the data reliablity, which helps individuals to better protect themselves against pollution.
Better Bureaucracy Helps the Poor
The Chinese government hires thousands of college graduates to work in rural villages in as village officials. We show that these young village officials can help the poor households.