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

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