Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
Jing Cai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. She was an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Michigan before joining Maryland. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. She is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliated professor of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research areas are development economics, Chinese economy, and household finance. Her current research examines growth of micro-enterprises and SMEs, diffusion and impacts of financial innovations in developing countries, and impacts of tax incentives on firm behavior.
Recent work by Jing Cai
Access to finance improved firm performance, product quality and price, but disadvantaged competitor firms
Letting workers provide feedback on their managers leads to significant reductions in worker turnover and increases in team productivity
Subsidy policies combined with financial education can generate learning from experiences and promote long-run insurance take-up
Firms used VAT savings from China’s tax reform to invest in machinery as intended, but the reform reduced firm productivity, exports and employment
Regular meetings between the managers of young firms in Nanchang, China increased revenue and improved a broad range of performance measures