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 a concurrent appointment at the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago (EPIC) and serves as the research director of EPIC-China.
Prof. He tries to address some of the most challenging problems faced by developing countries and seeks to produce theoretically sound and empirically grounded research for optimal policy design. The majority of his work focuses on understanding the benefits and costs of environmental quality, while he also has a broader research interest in development and governance issues. [Read More]
Cost of Water Quality Regulation
Using a spatial RD design implicit in China’s water quality monitoring system, this QJE paper estimates that China’s water regulation efforts cause significant economic cost.
Expressways, Growth, and the Environment
This 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. This PNAS study 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. This AEJ:Applied paper shows that these college graduate village officials can help the poor households.