Yanhui Wu
Dr. Yanhui WU
Economics
Management and Strategy
Associate Professor

3917 8508

KK 931

Academic & Professional Qualification

Ph.D. in Economics, London School of Economics

MSc. in Economics, London School of Economics

B.A. in Economics, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University

Biography

Dr. Wu is Associate Professor of Economics and of Management and Strategy at the University of Hong Kong and the Associate Director of Institute of Digital Economy and Innovation. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and a non-residential Fellow of the 21 Century China Center at UC San Diego. Prior to HKU, he was Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. His primary research interest is media economics, in which he has studied how social media affects economic performance, policy making, and consumer behavior in China. Another stream of his research focuses on creative production in the digital economy and the welfare implications of AI-guided economic activities. Recently, he has collaborated with data scientists to apply cutting-edge big data methods to various areas in the social sciences. His work has been published at top economics, management, and statistics journals, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Management Science, and Organization Science.

Teaching
  • Economics of Organization and Strategy (PhD, Master)
  • Managerial Economics (MBA)
  • Causal Inference (Undergraduate)
  • Big Data Economics (Undergraduate)
Research Interest
  • Media Economics, Organizational Economics, Development Economics, Chinese Economy, Big Data and Computational Social Science
Selected Publications
  • Competition, Contracts, and Creativity: Evidence from Novel Writing in a Platform Market (with Feng Zhu), Management Science, forthcoming.
  • Intentional Control of Type I Error Over Unconscious Data Distortion: A Neyman-Pearson Approach to Text Classification (with Lucy Xia, Richard Zhao and Xin Tong), Journal of the American Statistical Association, 116(533): 68-81, March, (2021).
  • Media Bias in China (with Bei Qin and David Strӧmberg), American Economic Review, 108(9): 2442-76, September, (2018).
  • Incentive Contracts and the Allocation of Talent, Economic Journal, 127(607): 2744-2783, December, (2017).
  • Authority, Incentives and Performance: Evidence from a Chinese Newspaper, Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(1): 16-31, March, (2017).
  • Why Does China Allow Freer Social Media? Protests versus Surveillance and Propaganda (with Bei Qin and David Strӧmberg), Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(1): 117-40 (2017).
  • Organizational Structure and Product Choice in Knowledge Intensive Firms, Management Science, 61(8): 1830-1848 (2015).
  • Knowledge, Communication and Organizational Capabilities (with Luis Garicano), Organization Science, 23(5):1382-1397 (2012).
Awards and Honours
  • Hong Kong GRF Grant (No. 17500321), PI, 2021-2024
  • European Research Council Advanced Grant, Co-PI, 2018-2022
  • USC Marshall Outlier Research Fund, PI, 2016-2018
  • USC Greif Entrepreneurship Research Award, 2014
  • Vincent Cheng Scholarship (LSE), 2007-2010
  • Chevening Scholarship (British Council), 2003-2004
Recent Publications
Debunking Five Myths about the Hong Kong Economy

日前,港大經管學院召集對經濟政策研究感興趣的學者,為香港的經濟未來出謀劃策。筆者和同事鄧希煒教授主動請纓,研究香港如何創造更多優質工作這一課題。

Debunking Five Myths about the Hong Kong Economy

日前,港大經管學院召集對經濟政策研究感興趣的學者,為香港的經濟未來出謀劃策。筆者和同事鄧希煒教授主動請纓,研究香港如何創造更多優質工作這一課題。

Bullshit Jobs and Splendid Waste

開宗明義,這個俗得近乎粗鄙又雅得有點詩意的標題,不完全是筆者原創。《狗屁工作理論》(Bullshit Jobs: A Theory)是在2018年出版便迅速竄紅的社會科學書,內容痛斥當下歐美社會衍生出無數可有可無卻又報酬豐厚的狗屁工。作者是已故美國人類學者格雷伯(David Graeber),字裏行間怒氣沖天,不惜用上打手(goon)及幫閒(flunky)這些帶有羞辱性的詞彙。

Bullshit Jobs and Splendid Waste

開宗明義,這個俗得近乎粗鄙又雅得有點詩意的標題,不完全是筆者原創。《狗屁工作理論》(Bullshit Jobs: A Theory)是在2018年出版便迅速竄紅的社會科學書,內容痛斥當下歐美社會衍生出無數可有可無卻又報酬豐厚的狗屁工。作者是已故美國人類學者格雷伯(David Graeber),字裏行間怒氣沖天,不惜用上打手(goon)及幫閒(flunky)這些帶有羞辱性的詞彙。

Hong Kong needs more Resilience than Robustness

近日筆者與親友以及同事、學生交流,始終離不開兩個問題。一是新冠疫情過後,香港會恢復到疫前那樣嗎?二是這段期間離開香港的人,有多少會回來呢?一波波疫情下來,不少人對未來悲觀了許多,不敢預期明天會更好,但求至少可以回到從前;這種心態大概不是香港人獨有。

Hong Kong needs more Resilience than Robustness

近日筆者與親友以及同事、學生交流,始終離不開兩個問題。一是新冠疫情過後,香港會恢復到疫前那樣嗎?二是這段期間離開香港的人,有多少會回來呢?一波波疫情下來,不少人對未來悲觀了許多,不敢預期明天會更好,但求至少可以回到從前;這種心態大概不是香港人獨有。

Soft Landing: Neither Inflation nor Regulation will Produce Prosperity

自從新冠疫情肆虐全球以來,各國政府紛紛使出各種調控手段,試圖消除疫情對經濟的負面影響。

Soft Landing: Neither Inflation nor Regulation will Produce Prosperity

自從新冠疫情肆虐全球以來,各國政府紛紛使出各種調控手段,試圖消除疫情對經濟的負面影響。

On the Difficulty of Government Intervention

政府如何干預經濟是經濟學中一個重要的課題。教科書給出簡單的答案:只有在市場失靈或社會財富分配極端不均的情況下,政府才需要介入經濟運作。反觀現實,恐怕沒有哪個政府如此「無甚作為」。即便是在信奉自由經濟的香港,政府的作用也遠不限於解決市場失靈或財富分配的問題。當下社會有一種聲音,希望政府能更積極地制定經濟政策,促進持續發展。

On the Difficulty of Government Intervention

政府如何干預經濟是經濟學中一個重要的課題。教科書給出簡單的答案:只有在市場失靈或社會財富分配極端不均的情況下,政府才需要介入經濟運作。反觀現實,恐怕沒有哪個政府如此「無甚作為」。即便是在信奉自由經濟的香港,政府的作用也遠不限於解決市場失靈或財富分配的問題。當下社會有一種聲音,希望政府能更積極地制定經濟政策,促進持續發展。