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L. Colin Xu

Lead Economist

LIXIN COLIN XU is a lead economist in the Development Research Group of The World Bank. After studying at Peking University and the University of Chicago, he joined the Research Group of the World Bank in 1996. His current research has focused on applied microeconomic topics such as development, empirical industrial organization, corporate governance, political economy, labor and household economics, income distribution, and Chinese economy in transition.

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World Bank Research Dataset

Deposit Insurance around the World: A Comprehensive Database
Policies and Institutions that Promote Saving: module 1 (National saving)

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .The heterogeneous growth effects of the business environment : firm-level evidence for a global sample of cities
2 .Social capital, finance, and consumption: evidence from a representative sample of Chinese households
3 .Dual credit markets and household access to finance : evidence from a representative Chinese household survey
4 .Hayek, local information, and the decentralization of state-owned enterprises in China
5 .Unbundling institutions for external finance : worldwide firm-level evidence
6 .The dark side of disclosure : evidence of government expropriation from worldwide firms
7 .Love, money, and old age support : does parental matchmaking matter ?
8 .R&D returns, spillovers, and firm incentives : evidence from China
9 .The internet as a general-purpose technology : firm-level evidence from around the world
10 .Water quality, brawn, and education: the rural drinking water program in China
11 .Interactions among donors' aid allocations : evidence from an exogenous World Bank income threshold
12 .The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment
13 .Business environment, economic agglomeration and job creation around the world
14 .Market facilitation by local government and firm efficiency : evidence from China
15 .Telecommunications externality on migration : evidence from Chinese Villages
16 .Government connections and financial constraints : evidence from a large representative sample of Chinese firms
17 .The World Bank economic review 27 (3);
18 .Explaining Africa's (Dis)advantage
19 .Job growth and finance : are some financial institutions better suited to early stages of development than others?
20 .Foreign direct investment under weak rule of law : theory and evidence from China
21 .Diagnosing development bottlenecks : China and India
22 .Market integration in China
23 .Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in southern African economies
24 .The effects of business environments on development : surveying new firm-level evidence
25 .Does "good government" draw foreign capital ? Explaining China's exceptional foreign direct investment inflow
26 .Formal finance and trade credit during China's transition
27 .Local elections and consumption insurance : evidence from Chinese villages
28 .New tools for studying network industry reforms in developing countries : the telecommunications and electricity regulation database
29 .Finance and income inequality : test of alternative theories
30 .Ownership, competition, and corruption : bribe takers versus bribe payers
31 .Institutions, politics, and contracts : the attempt to privatize the water and sanitation utility of Lima, Peru
32 .Reforming the urban water system in Santiago, Chile
33 .Surveying surveys and questioning questions - learning from World Bank experience
34 .The World Bank research observer 15 (1)
35 .The empirical effects of performance contracts: evidence from China
36 .Information, incentives, and commitment : an empirical analysis of contracts between government and state enterprises
37 .How China's government and state enterprises partitioned property and control rights
38 .The productivity effects of decentralized reforms - an analysis of the Chinese industrial reforms

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