Guojun He is an assistant professor in the Division of Social Science, Division of Environment & Sustainability, and Department of Economics at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is a faculty affiliate of HKUST's Institute for Emerging Market Studies and Institute for Public Policy. He holds concurrent appointment at the Energy Policy Institute of University of Chicago (EPIC) and serves as the research director of its China Center (EPIC-China).
Prof, 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, while at the same time, he has broader research interest on development and governance issues.
Huai River Policy, Air Pollution and Life Expectancy
China's winter heating system generates large amounts of hazardous emissions and significantly deteriorates air quality in Northern China. This study shows that sustained exposure to air pollution shortened the life expectancy of northern Chinese.
Better Bureaucracy Helps the Poor
The Chinese government hires thousands of college graduates and sends them to rural villages in which they serve as village officials. Our study shows that these college graduate village officials can help the poor households.
Beijing Olympics, Air Pollution and Mortality
Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games provided an ideal natural experiment to estimate the causal impact of air pollution on health. Our analysis shows that the air quality improvement during the Olympics significantly reduced mortality.
GDP, Pollution and Life Expectancy
China’s robust economic growth has led to massive increases in wealth, but only modest improvements in life expectancy. Our analysis shows that pollution has served as a countervailing force.