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Yang Song

Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics, 220 Persson Hall
p 315-228-6240


  • Ph.D. in Economics, M.A. in Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. in International Economics and Trade, Renmin University of China


Economics of education, development economics, and behavioral economics

Current Research


Working Papers

  • “Sorting, School Performance and Quality: Evidence from China”
  • “An Adviser Like Me: Does Gender Matter?” with Takao Kato
  • “Socioeconomic Status, Information, and School Choice: Lessons from Urban China” with Emily Gu (student)
  • "The Effects of the Chinese College Admission Reforms on Match Quality" with Wei Ha and Le Kang
  • “Comparing the Ethnicity Proxy and Residual Method: Applications to the DREAM Act and DACA” with Xintong Liu (student)

Work in Progress

  • “Housing Market Responses to the California Top X% Policy” with Xiaohan Zhang and Haoyang Liu
  • “Gender Differences in School Choice”
  • “Urgency and Efficiency” with George Loewenstein


  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • University of Pittsburgh Chinese Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, 2015
  • Economics Department Travel Grant, 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh ASPBC Alumni Travel Grant, 2014
  • Jerome C. Wells Teaching Award, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, 2013
  • Chou Fellowship for Economics, 2010-2012
  • Agricultural Bank of China Academic Excellence Fellowship, 2009-2010

Professional Experience

  • Journal referee: Journal of Comparative Economics; Journal of the Japanese and International Economies; The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter; China Economic Review, Economics & Human Biology.
  • Memberships: American Economic Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Association for Education Finance and Policy, Chinese Economists Society
  • Judge for School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
  • Department Delegate, Arts and Sciences GSO, University of Pittsburgh (2012-2013)