Naijia GUO
Prof. Naijia GUO
Assistant Professor

3910 3101

KK 916

Academic & Professional Qualification
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania Sep. 2009 – May. 2014
  • B.A. in Finance, Peking University Aug. 2005 – Jul. 2009

Naijia Guo is currently an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and a B.A. in finance from Peking University in 2009. Her primary research fields are labor economics and family economics, and she specializes in structural labor. Naijia’s research covers a wide range of topics, including education, wages, unemployment, migration, and intra-household decisions. Her papers have been published in the International Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Quantitative Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Comparative Economics.

  • Introductory Econometrics (Undergraduate)
  • Computational Methods in Economics (Graduate)
  • Labor Economics (Graduate)
Research Interest
  • Labor Economics
  • Family Economics
Selected Publications
  • “The Effect of an Early Career Recession on Schooling and Lifetime Welfare” (International Economic Review, 2018, 59 (3), 1511-1545)
  • “Do Elite Colleges Matter? Its Impact on Entrepreneurship Decisions and Career Dynamics” (with Charles Ka Yui Leung, Quantitative Economics, 2021, 12 (4), 1347-1397)
  • “A Matching Model of Co-residence with a Family Network: Empirical Evidence from China” (with Xiaoyu Xia and Junsen Zhang, The Economic Journal, 2022, 132(648), 2873-2917)
  • “Home Location Choice and Gender Gap in Commute” (with Yizhen Gu, Jing Wu, and Ben Zou, Journal of Human Resources, 2024, 59(2), 545-575)
  • “Tutoring Efficacy, Household Substitution, and Student Achievement: Experimental Evidence from an After-School Tutoring Program in Rural China” (with Jere Behrman, Simon Fan, Xiangdong Wei, Hongliang Zhang, and Junsen Zhang, International Economic Review, 2024, 65(1), 149-189)
  • “The Short- and Long-Run Impacts of Free Education on Schooling: Direct Effects and Intra-Household Spillovers” (with Shuangxin Wang and Junsen Zhang, The Economic Journal, forthcoming.)
Awards and Honours
  • 2023-2025 Principle investigator: Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), “Life-cycle Earnings Profiles and Wage Dynamics of Chinese Workers.”
  • 2022-2025 Principle investigator: Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), “Gender Pay Gap, Residential Location Choice, and Work Location Choice.”
  • 2017-2019 Principle investigator: Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), “The Impact of Parental Input and Child Care Input on Early Childhood Development.”
  • 2016-2018 Principle investigator: Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Early Career Scheme (ECS), ”What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? A Model of Intergenerational Transfer and Education Choice.”
Service to the University/ Community

Reviewer of Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Labor Economics, International Economic Review, Quantitative Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Population Economics, Health Economics, China Economic Review, Review of Economics of the Household, Pacific Economic Review, Contemporary Economic Policy.