Guojun He is an economist working on environmental, development, and governance issues. Currently, he is appointed jointly at Division of Social Science, Division of Environment and Sustainability, and Department of Economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In addition, 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).
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, our QJE paper estimates that China’s water regulation efforts cause significant economic cost.
Expressways, Growth, and the Environment
Our JDE paper shows that expressway connection helps poor counties grow faster in GDP at the cost of worsened environmental quality, and it has the oppoiste impacts on rich counties.
Huai River Policy and Life Expectancy
Exploiting China's winter heating policy, our PNAS paper shows that sustained exposure to air pollution shortened the life expectancy of northern Chinese people.
Better Bureaucracy Helps the Poor
The Chinese government hires thousands of college graduates to work in rural villages in as village officials. Our AEJ:Applied paper shows that these college graduate village officials can help the poor households.