Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei

I am a Ph.D. candidate of political science in the Department of Politics at New York University. I study comparative political economy with a regional focus on China. My substantive research interests include bureaucracy, distributive politics, infrastructure investment, judicial politics, political centralization, public finance, and state-business relations. In my dissertation project, I study why do politicians who enjoy a relatively short tenure have (or do not have) incentives to initiate long-term, large-scale infrastructure projects in China and the United States.

I received M.A. in Economics and M.P.A. from University of Southern California and B.A. in English and Economics from China Foreign Affairs University. I am the co-founder and currently the coordinator of Quantitative China Studies Seminar, an annual workshop of Chinese political economy at New York University.


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