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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Assistant: Preston Wade

My research focuses on microeconomic issues of firms in developing countries and emerging markets. My recent projects have examined firms’ incentive and ability to build a reputation for quality, the relationship between economic growth and corruption, and the impact of internal trade barriers among Chinese provinces on resource misallocation, firm performance and export activities. Other ongoing work includes studying firms’ quality upgrading dynamics and reputational forces in export markets. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in June 2016 and spent one year at Microsoft Research NE prior to joining Harvard Kennedy School. 

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Outside Professional Activities For Jie Bai

Alibaba, e-commerce company, external consultant. 2019-2020. Paid.

Jinan University IESR, academic institution, faculty affiliate, 2017-2020. Paid


Phone: 617-495-3805
Assistant: Preston Wade


Development & Economic Growth

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138