LI, Yao Amber
PhD in Economics

Associate Professor of Economics, and Associate Director, Center for Economic Development, School of Business and Management;
Faculty Associate at HKUST IEMS (Institute for Emerging Market Studies);
Hong Kong Univ of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
SAR, PR China

Tel:  (852) 2358-7605 (O)
Fax: (852) 2358-2084
Email: yaoli
[at] ust.hk
OR yaoamber [at] gmail.com



About Me

As an associate professor of Economics at HKUST, I am specialized in International Trade, International Macroeconomics, and Chinese Economy. I am a technically skilled economist with interdisciplinary professional experience, ranging from working for national think-tanks and collaborating with policy makers. Click here to see my short biography.




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Yao Amber LI  

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, and Associate Director, Center for Economic Development, School of Business and Management;
Faculty Associate, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS);
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


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Yao Amber Li's CV (PDF long version)        






  • International Trade (Empirical/Quantitative), Chinese Economy, Empirical International Macroeconomics



  • Quality Upgrading, Innovation, Knowledge Spillovers, Firm Competitiveness





  • 11. "Quality, Variable Markups, and Welfare: A Quantitative General Equilibrium Analysis of Export Prices," with Haichao Fan, Sichuang Xu, and Stephen Yeaple. 2nd R&R, Journal of International Economics. NBER working paper No. 25611, Feb 2019.
  • 12. "Growth Policy, Agglomeration, and (the Lack of) Competition," with Wyatt Brooks and Joseph Kaboski, Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, this version: December 2018. Online AppendixEarlier version available as NBER working paper No. 22947, December 2016. Highlighted in NBER Report: The NBER Digest, March 2017.
  • 13. "Exploitation of Labor? Classical Monopsony Power and Labor's Share," with Wyatt Brooks, Joseph Kaboski, and Wei Qian, this version: Feb 2019, under review. NBER working paper No. 25660, March 2019. Previously circulated under the title "Exploitation of Labor? Market Power, Firm Cooperation, and Wages".
  • 14. "International trade, technology diffusion, and the role of diffusion barriers," Revise&Resubmit at Canadian Journal of Economics.    
  • 15. "Credit Distribution and Export: Microeconomic Evidence from China," with Albert Park and Chen Zhao, Revise&Resubmit at Journal of Comparative Economics.
  • 16. "Coagglomeration of MNEs in Service and Manufacturing Industries: Evidence from China," with Jin Zhang, Revise&Resubmit, Journal of Economic Geography.
  • 17. "Import response to exchange rate fluctuations: A micro-level investigation," with Jenny Xu and Chen Carol Zhao, revised in Jan 2019.
  • 18. "Physical Productivity and Exceptional Exporter Performance: Evidence from a Chinese Production Survey," with Frederic Warzynski and Valerie Smeets, revised in December 2017. 
  • 19. "Trade Liberalization, Demand, and Markups of Multi-Product Firms," with Haichao Fan and Frederic Warzynski, revised in March 2019.
  • 20. "On the Relationship Between Foreign Ownership and Productivity of Affiliates: Evidence from China," with Minrui Li, November 2017. 
  • 21. "Sources of Relatedness between Industries and Revealed Comparative Advantage: Evidence from China," with Linke Zhu, revised in Jan 2018.
  • 22. "Determinants of International Bilateral Payment Flows and the Potential of the RMB as a Significant Payment Currency," with Edwin Lai, March 2019.
  • 23. "Approaches to Fostering Productivity Growth in Brazil, China and India," with Manmohan Agarwal and John Whalley, CIGI Working Paper No. 47, April 2010. (in stasis)





  • "Multinational R&D, Import Intensity, and Price", with Loretta Fung and Jin-Tan Liu
  • "Multinational Technology Linkage: An Empirical Study of Taiwanese Parent Firms and Their Affiliates in China", with Loretta Fung and Jin-Tan Liu


  • "信貸約束對生產率與出口價格關系的影響", with 樊海潮、郭光遠, 世界經濟(The Journal of World Economy), 2015年12期.



  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The IEMS (HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies) Research Award, 2013
  • University of Western Ontario, The TM Brown Thesis Prize for best doctoral dissertation in Economics, 2010
  • University of Western Ontario, Dean's Award for Research Excellence, 2009
  • University of Western Ontario, Graduate Thesis Research Award, 2008-2009, 2007-2008
  • Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, First Prize, National Award for Research Excellence, 2004 (Research on China's International Trade at Industry Level, joint with Xiaopeng An, et. al.)
  • Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and China Association For Science and Technology, First Prize (Beijing Area), National Challenge Cup Competition for Academic and Scientific Achievements among University Students, 2001 (joint with Hua Wu, et. al.)
  • Peking University, The Promising Academic Research Talent Award, 2001
  • Peking University, First Prize, Challenge Cup Competition for Academic Research, 2001 (joint with Hua Wu, et. al.)



  • HKUST: instructor, ECON4364 (International Trade and Investment, Fall 2014, Fall 2013), ECON2123 (Macroeconomics, Spring 2015, Spring/Fall 2014/2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010), ECON4354 (International Trade and Finance, Fall 2011, Fall 2012), ECON338 (Globalization: Trade, Investment, and Exchange Rate, Spring 2011); supervisor, UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program), 2011-2014; supervisor, ECON4670 (Economics Research and Communication), 2011-2014
  • The University of Western Ontario: instructor, ECON2164 (International Finance, Summer 2009)