Prof. Zhicheng Phil Xu, PhD

Research Interests

Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Development Economics, Applied Econometrics



PhD in Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University, 2016

M.A. in Economics
Shenzhen University, 2008

B.A. in Management Information System
Jilin University, 2005




  1. The Siphon effects of transportation infrastructure on internal migration: evidence from China’s HSR network (with Tianshi Sun), in: Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 28(13), pp. 1066-1070, 2021

  2. The Long-Run Effects of the Slave Trade on the Political Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Yu Zhang and Shahriar Kibriya), in: Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 49 (3), pp. 776-800, 2021

  3. The Effects of Centralized Power and Institutional Legitimacy on Collective Action (with Jose Gabriel Castillo, Ping Zhang, and Xianchen Zhu), in: Social Choice and Welfare, Vol. 56(2), pp. 385-419, 2021

  4. Can Chinese Aid Win the Hearts and Minds of Africa’s Local Population? (with Yu Zhang), in: Economic Modelling, Vol. 90, pp. 322-330, 2020

  5. Will Foreign Aid Foster Economic Development? Grid Panel Data Evidence from China’s Aid to Africa. (with Yu Zhang and Yang Sun), in: Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Vol. 56(14), pp. 3383-3404, 2020

  6. Conveniently dependent or naively overconfident? An experimental study on the reaction to external help (with Yinjunjie Zhang and Marco A. Palma), in: Plos One, 4(5): e0216617, 2019

  7. Shadow of a Doubt: Moral Excuse in Charitable Giving (with Marco A. Palma), in: Review of Behavioral Economics, Vol. 6 (2), pp 133-146, 2019

  8. The Negative Consequences of School Bullying on Academic Performance and Mitigation through Female Teacher Participation: Evidence from Ghana (with Shahriar Kibriya and Yu Zhang), in: Applied Economics, Vol. 49 (25) 2017, pp. 2480-2490

  9. Impacts of Playing after School on Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Approach (with Yajuan Li, and Marco A. Palma), in: Education Economics, Vol. 25(6), pp. 575-589, 2017

  10. Consequential Egalitarianism vs. Accountability Principle: An Experimental Investigation (with Marco A. Palma), in: Applied Economics Letters, 23 (8), 562-565, 2016

  11. Unintended effects of the Alabama HB 56 immigration law on crime: A preliminary analysis (with Yinjinjie Zhang and Marco A. Palma), in: Economics Letters, Vol 147, October 2016, pp. 68 - 71