Zhuan Pei joined the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University in July 2015 as an assistant professor. In his research, he investigates the effect and design of social and employment programs and studies applied micro-econometric methods in causal inference. Prior to Cornell, he was a postdoctoral economist at the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research from 2012 to 2013 and an assistant professor of economics at Brandeis University between 2013 and 2015.
"Are Sufficient Statistics Necessary? Nonparametric Measurement of Deadweight Loss in Unemployment Insurance", with David S. Lee, Pauline Leung, Christopher O'Leary, and Simon Quach, NBER Working Paper #25574.
"Local Polynomial Order in Regression Discontinuity Designs", with David S. Lee, David Card, and Andrea Weber, Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #622. Previous version: Brandeis Economics Department Working Paper #81
Work in Progress
"Further Education during Unemployment", with Pauline Leung.
"The Effects of Employment Incentives and Cash Transfers on Parent and Child Outcomes: Evidence from the Long Run Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments", with Richard Hendra, Hilary Hoynes, Virginia Knox, Pauline Leung, and Jordan Matsudaira.
"Graphical Representation in Regression Discontinuity Designs", with Christina Korting, Carl Lieberman, Jordan Matsudaira, and Yi Shen.
"Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right", with Jörn-Steffen Pischke and Hannes Schwandt, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 37(2), 205-216, April 2019. Working paper version: Working Paper #23232,
"The Devil is in the Tails: Regression Discontinuity Design with Measurement Error in the Assignment Variable", with Yi Shen, forthcoming, Advances in Econometrics, volume 38 (Regression Discontinuity Designs: Theory and Applications) edited by Matias D. Cattaneo and Juan Carlos Escanciano: 455-502, May 2017. Working paper version: Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #606 and IZA Discussion Paper #10320.
"Regression Kink Design: Theory and Practice", with David Card, David S. Lee and Andrea Weber, forthcoming, Advances in Econometrics, volume 38 (Regression Discontinuity Designs: Theory and Applications) edited by Matias D. Cattaneo and Juan Carlos Escanciano: 341-382, May 2017. Working paper version: NBER Working Paper #22781.
"Eligibility Recertification and Dynamic Opting-in Incentives in Income-tested Social Programs: Evidence from Medicaid/CHIP", American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9(1): 241-276, February 2017. Working paper version: Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-234.
"Inference on Causal Effects in a Generalized Regression Kink Design", with David Card, David S. Lee and Andrea Weber, Econometrica, 86(6): 2453-2483, Nov 2015. Working paper versions: Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-218 and IZA Discussion Paper #8757. Previous versions: Nonlinear Policy Rules and the Identification and Estimation of Causal Effects in a Generalized Regression Kink Design, NBER Working Paper #18564; Quasi-Experimental Identification and Estimation in the Regression Kink Design, Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #553.
"The Effect of Unemployment Benefits on the Duration of Unemployment Insurance Receipt: New Evidence from a Regression Kink Design in Missouri, 2013-2013", with David Card, Andrew Johnston, Pauline Leung and Alex Mas, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 105(5): 126-130, May 2015. Working paper version: NBER Working Paper #20869.
"Arecibo Multi-Epoch HI Absorption Measurements Against Pulsars: Tiny-Scale Atomic Structure", with S. Stanimirovic, J. M. Weisberg, K. Tuttle, J. T. Green, Astrophysical Journal, 720:415-434, Sept 2010.
"Health Care: Time for a Check Up", (Not Peer-reviewed) with Gabriel Wildau and Arthur Kroeber, China Economic Quarterly, Q3 2007.
PAM 3160: Labor Markets and Public Policy, 2016-2019
PAM 6091/ECON 6591: Empirical Strategies for Policy Research II, 2015, 2017-2019
Princeton University, Ph.D. in Economics, June 2012
Carleton College, B.A. in Mathematics, June 2006