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
  • Task Specialization in the Global Economy: Theory, Empirics, and Implications for China, National Natural Science Foundation of China 2019-2021, Principal Investigator
  • Production Network in the Global Economy and Its Implications, MYRG 2018-2021, Co-principal Investigator
  • Global Value Chain and Business Cycle Co-movement: Based on Open Economy Multisector DSGE Model, National Natural Science Foundation of China 2017-2019, Co-principal Investigator
  • Excellent Teaching Assistant Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Highest GPA Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council
  • Mitofsky Scholarship, Columbia University
  • ISERP Research Fellowships, Columbia University
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • International Trade
  • Chinese Economy
  1. Chapters “China-Latin America production capacity cooperation investment fund”, “Inflow investment to Macao from greater pearl river delta region”, and “Ocean economy”, in “Report on the Recommendations to the 19 Measures from Premier Li Keqiang for Boosting the Substantiality and Diversification of Economy of Macao”, published by University of Macau, May 2018.
  1. “High-speed Rail and Inventory Reduction: Firm-level Evidence from China,” with C. Cui, Applied Economics, 2019, Vol. 51, Issue 25: 2715-2730 (ABS2).
  2. “High-speed Rail and Tourism in China: An Urban Agglomeration Perspective,” with C. Cui and F. Yang, International Journal of Tourism Research, 2019, Vol. 21, Issue 1: 45–60 (ABS2).
  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. “High-speed Rail and Inventory Reduction: Firm-level Evidence from China,” with C. Cui, at WEAI 15th International Conference, Tokyo, Japan (Mar. 2019).
  2. “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).
  3. “Unbundling the Smile Curve: Task Specialization in a Global Economy,” with D. Yang, at China Meeting of the Econometric Society, Wuhan, China (Jun. 2017).
  4. “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).
  5. “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. Living the Kuznets curve: Structural transformation and regional inequality in China
  3. A cross-country general-equilibrium analysis of destination competitiveness and bilateral travel costs
  4. Political uncertainty and firm entry dynamics
  5. Transport infrastructure and entrepreneurship: Evidence from China’s high-speed rail expansion