Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
Jing Cai is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. Her research areas are development economics and household finance. Her current research examines the growth of micro-enterprises and SMEs, impacts of tax incentives on firm behavior, and diffusion and impacts of financial innovations in developing countries. She is a Co-Chair of the firm sector of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). She currently serves as an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Economic Development and Cultural Change.
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