Jie Bai

Jie Bai

Jie Bai

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
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Jie Bai is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at EPoD at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and spent one year at Microsoft Research New England prior to joining HKS.

Jie's research focuses on microeconomic issues of firms in developing countries and emerging markets. Her recent projects have examined firms' incentive and ability to build a reputation for quality, the relationship between firm growth and corruption, and the impact of internal trade barriers among Chinese provinces on firms' export behavior and resource misallocation. Her current ongoing work includes studying information frictions and firm-to-firm trade, collective reputational forces in export markets, the value of business networks in trade, growth and reputation dynamics in global e-commerce platforms, and quality upgrading of Chinese auto firms. 



Article|July 23, 2018

Over time, economic growth reduces both the incentives for government officials to extract bribes and firms’ willingness to pay them.