University of Macau, Faculty of Business Administration
Dr. Leona Shao Zhi LI (李少知)2018-10-22T12:54:52+00:00

Dr. Shao Zhi (Leona) LI

Lecturer (UM Macao Fellow) in Business Economics

Faculty of Business Administration
University of Macau, E22
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China

Contact Information

Room: E22-4029
Telephone: (853) 8822-4677
E-mail: leonali
  • Ph.D. in Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  • M.A. in Quantitative Methods, Columbia University, United States
  • B.A. in Economics, Peking University, China
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fall 2017
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010-2014
  • Research Officer, Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, 2009-2010
  • Business Analyst, Elsevier Inc., New York City, United States, 2008-2009

Internal Grants

  • Production Network in the Global Economy and Its Implications, MYRG 2018-2021, Co-principal Investigator

External Grants

  • Task Specialization in the Global Economy: Theory, Empirics, and Implications for China, National Science Foundation of China 2019-2021, Principal Investigator


  • Excellent Teaching Assistant Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2013
  • Highest GPA Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2012
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2010
  • Mitofsky Scholarship, Columbia University, 2009
  • ISERP Research Fellowships, Columbia University, 2007
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • International Trade
  • Chinese Economy
  1. “High-speed Rail and Inventory Reduction: Firm-level Evidence from China,” with C. Cui, Applied Economics, accepted (previously circulated as RIEI working paper).
  2. “High-speed Rail and Tourism in China: An Urban Agglomeration Perspective,” with C. Cui and F. Yang, International Journal of Tourism Research, accepted.
  3. “China’s High Savings and External Imbalances: Causes and Policies,” with D. Yang and C. Cui, Journal of Financial Market Research (in Chinese), Vol. 8, January 2013.
  4. “The Social Cost of Gambling in Macao: Before and After the Liberalization of the Gambling Industry,” with K.C. Fong, H.N. Fong, International Gambling Studies, Vol.11, No.1, April 2011: 43-56.
  1. “Globalization and Inequality: New Evidence from China’s Regional Value Chains,” with C. Cui and D. Peng, at Singapore Economic Review Conference, Singapore (Aug. 2017).
  2. “Unbundling the Smile Curve: Task Specialization in a Global Economy,” with D. Yang, at China Meeting of the Econometric Society, Wuhan, China (Jun. 2017).
  3. “Productivity Growth in China: Industrial and Aggregate Measures, Drivers and International Comparisons in Asia,” with L. Sun, R. Ren, X. Li, M. Fan, at IARIW-UNSW Conference on Productivity, Sydney, Australia (Nov. 2013).
  4. “Comparing China Input-Output Tables from Two Different Time Series: Major Differences and Potential Bias,” with X. Li, at Final WIOD Conference: Causes and Consequences of Globalization, Groningen, The Netherlands (Apr. 2012).
  1. Value-added export and skill premium: Evidence from China’s international and regional production network (under review)
  2. Political turnover and firm entry dynamics
  3. Internal Trade, structural change and skill premium