Zheng (Michael) Song is Associate Professor of Economics at Booth. Prior to joining Booth he served as Assistant Professor in the department of economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and as a research fellow in the school of economics at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Song studies macroeconomics, Chinese economy, and political economy. He has published papers on leading journals including American Economic Review and Econometrica.
With experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Song has taught courses such as Advanced Macroeconomics, Chinese Economy, and Dynamic Optimization. At Booth he teaches a course on China.
Song is an associate editor of Journal of European Economic Association and serves as a guess editor of China Economic Review.
Song earned his PhD in economics from the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. He also holds an MPhil in economics from the University College London, a MA in economics from Fudan University and a BA in economics from Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade.
With Kjetil Storesletten and Fabrizio Zilibotti, "Growing like China," American Economic Review (2011).
"Persistent Ideology and the Determination of Public Policies over Time," International Economic Review (2012).
"The Dynamics of Inequality and Social Security in General Equilibrium," Review of Economic Dynamics (2011).
With Kjetil Storesletten and Fabrizio Zilibotti, “Rotten Parents and Disciplined Children: A Politico-Economic Theory of Public Expenditure and Debt,” Econometrica (forthcoming).
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