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Zhuan

Pei

Assistant Professor
431 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management
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Biography

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.

Working Papers

"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

Publications

"Poorly Measured Confounders are More Useful on the Left Than on the Right", with Jörn-Steffen Pischke and Hannes Schwandt, NBER Working Paper #23232, forthcoming, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

"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. 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. Working paper version: NBER Working Paper #22781.

"Eligibility Recertification and Dynamic Opting-in Incentives in Income-tested Social Programs: Evidence from Medicaid/CHIP", forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Economic PolicyWorking 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, 2016-2018
PAM 6091/ECON 6591: Empirical Strategies for Policy Research II, 2015, 2017, 2018

Princeton University, Ph.D. in Economics, June 2012
Carleton College, B.A. in Mathematics, June 2006