Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Jie is an Assistant Professor in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2016, and spent one year at Microsoft Research New England prior to joining HKS. Her research lies at the intersection between development, trade and industrial organization, focusing on microeconomic issues of firms in developing countries and emerging markets. Her past projects have examined firms’ incentive and ability to build a reputation for quality, collective reputational forces in export markets, the relationship between firm growth and corruption, and the impact of internal trade barriers among Chinese provinces on firms' export behavior. Her current ongoing work includes studying growth and reputation dynamics in global e-commerce platforms, technology transfer and knowledge spillovers in the Chinese auto industry, and quality upgrading of the Ugandan coffee sector.
Recent work by Jie Bai
Policies to reduce information frictions as well as the number of firms on e-commerce platforms can raise allocative efficiency and consumer welfare
Returns to child work play an important role in determining child labour and schooling through changing the opportunity costs of schooling
The impact of intranational trade barriers on exports: Evidence from a nationwide VAT rebate reform in China
Rising local protectionism reduces interprovincial trade and manufacturing exports, and increases ’inward-looking’ sourcing by local intermediaries
Economic growth can reduce corruption. A Vietnamese study shows that when employment in an industry doubled, bribery fell by 1.6 percentage points