Ji, Lei


Austin Community College, United States



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Economics

Cohort(s): 2011/2012

Ph.D. Institution

North Carolina State University, United States


I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in December 2010. Professor John Seater supervised my doctoral dissertation, and I also worked closely with my dissertation committee member Professor Pietro Peretto of Duke University.
My research interests are international economics, growth theory, and development economics.
My dissertation titled ‘Dynamic Comparative Advantage and Trade under Schumpeterian Growth’ focuses on a global view of economic growth and its policy implications. I have three papers out of the dissertation, which can be downloaded from my website: ‘Cross Industry TFP Growth Differences with Asymmetric Industries and Endogenous Market Structure’, ‘The Dance of the Dynamics: The Always Interesting and Sometimes Surprising Interplay of Trade and Growth’ (with John Seater), ‘Taxes, Tariffs, Trade and Growth with Endogenous Market Structure’.
I have presented my research at conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia.
My current work studies labour income inequality, directed technical change, the dynamics of world income distribution, and the role of informative middleman services in economic growth. I would like to extend the growth model to examine other issues such as institutions and growth, unified growth theory (economic history), and the effect of growth on social structures.
I have four years of experience in teaching Principles of Economics, and one year in M.A.-level International Trade. I personally believe that an economics instructor should help students develop a thoughtful and inquiring approach to life. A solid understanding of basic economic issues is important for the citizens of any society.
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