Yang Song

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Yang Song

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department/Office Information

Economics, Asian Studies
220 Persson Hall
  • 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, Chinese Economy, Behavioral Economics, Poverty and Inequality.


Ha, Wei, Le Kang, and Yang Song. "College Matching Mechanisms and Matching Stability: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 175 (2020): 206-226. 

Liu, Xintong*, and Yang Song. "Comparing the Ethnicity Proxy and Residual Method: Applications to the State-level DREAM Acts and DACA." Eastern Economic Journal 46.1 (2020): 82-101.

Song, Yang. “Sorting, School Performance, and Quality: Evidence from China.” Journal of Comparative Economics 47.1 (2019): 238-261.

Song, Yang. “Intended and Unintended Effects of Student Performance Measurement Reform in China.” China Economic Review 50 (2018): 133-152.

Song, Yang, George Loewenstein, and Yaojiang Shi. “Heterogeneous Effects of Peer Tutoring: Evidence from Rural Chinese Middle Schools.” Research in Economics 72.1 (2018): 33-48.

            (* indicates an undergraduate student coauthor)

Working Papers

Advising, Gender, and Performance: Evidence from a University with Exogenous Adviser-Student Gender Match (with Takao Kato), previously circulated as An Adviser Like Me: Does Gender Matter?” Revise and Resubmit at Economic Inquiry.

Moving to Better Opportunities? Housing Market Responses to the Top X% Policy (with Xiaohan Zhang and Haoyang Liu)

Labor Market Outcomes, Cognitive Skills, and Noncognitive Skills in Rural China (with Paul Glewwe, Xianqiang Zou)

Matching Mechanisms, Justified Envy, and College Admission Outcomes (with Wei Ha, Le Kang, and Sen Zhou)

Preference Submission Timing and College Admission Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey (with Alper Arslan and Tong Wang)

Information and Socioeconomic Gap in School Choice: Evidence from China (with Emily Gu*)

Work in Progress

The Effects of Immigration Enforcement on Infant Health (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Brandyn Churchill)

Early Life Exposure to Pollutants and Noncognitive Skills (with Isla Globus-Harris)

Picker Research Fellowship, Colgate University (2018-19)

Lampert Global Partnership Faculty Grant, Colgate University (2018-19)

Faculty Research Council Discretionary Grant, Colgate University (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (2014-15)

Jerome C. Wells Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh (2013-14)

Chou Fellowship for Economics, University of Pittsburgh (2010-12)

Academic Excellence Fellowship, Agricultural Bank of China (2009-10)

Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota (Spring 2019)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Education Policy Initiative, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (Fall 2018)

Organizing Committee, Chinese Education Finance and Policy Association (2020-21)

Founding Member, Chinese Education Finance and Policy Association

Referee service:

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter; China Economic Review; Economics & Human Biology; Eastern Economic Journal; International Journal of Educational Development; Journal of Comparative Economics; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Journal of the Japanese and International Economies; Review of Economics and Statistics.

Colgate University:               

  • Seminar in Economics of Education (Fall 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2016)
  • Chinese Economy (Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016)
  • Introduction to Economics (Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015)
  • Core China (Fall 2020, Spring 2020)

University of Pittsburgh:       

  • Introduction to Microeconomic Theory (Summer 2014)
  • Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Microeconomic Theory (Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
Year Presentations
2021 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Conference
2020 Western Economic Association Annual Conference, Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics Annual Conference, Jinan University, SUNY Buffalo.
2019 University of Minnesota (APEC), International Conference on Human Capital and Economic Development in China (SUNY Buffalo), Econometric Society Asia Meeting, Econometric Society China Meeting, Hunan University, National University of Singapore, Hanyang University, University of Seoul, Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference, University of Minnesota (APEC), Macalester College
2018 AEFP Annual Conference, University of Michigan CIERS, University of Michigan Labor Brownbag
2017 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Conference, Lehigh University, Econometrics Society Asia Meeting (CUHK), Transpacific Labor Society Annual Meeting in Osaka, Colgate Social Science Luncheon, AEFP Annual Conference, Chinese Economists Society Annual Conference
2016 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, Chinese Labor Economists Annual Conference, University of Michigan CIERS, Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Conference
2015 APPAM, Chinese Economists Society Annual Conference
2014 University of Michigan CIERS, University of Pittsburgh
2013 Ronald Coase Institute Workshop (Xiamen University), University of Chicago Socioeconomic Inequality Summer School (Poster), Pittsburgh Economics Medley (Poster), Carnegie Mellon University (CBDR Brownbag), University of Pittsburgh Grad Expo, University of Pittsburgh Applied Microeconomics Brownbag Series

(Including scheduled)