Jie Bai

Jie Bai

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School
Post-doctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research
Jie Bai

Jie Bai is currently a post-doc researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting faculty at EPoD. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, and will be joining Harvard Kennedy School as Assistant Professor in Public Policy in 2017.

Jie’s research focuses on microeconomic issues of firms in developing countries and emerging markets, particularly to understand the role of private enterprise in economic development, the challenges and barriers firms face, and how government policies can interact with various market frictions to affect business growth. Her recent projects have examined firms’ incentive and ability to build a reputation for quality, the relationship between economic growth and corruption, and the impact of internal trade barriers among Chinese provinces on resource misallocation, firm performance and export activities. Other ongoing work includes studying the impacts of FDIs in China, firms’ quality upgrading dynamics, and reputational forces in export markets.

In addition to working on firm-related topics, Jie is also interested in rural development and household welfare.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/jiebaiecon/home

Contact Information

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138