Hongbin Li obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he was an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he became associate professor (with tenure) in 2006 and full professor in 2007. He is currently Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. He is also a Research Fellow of IZA, the German Institute for the Study of Labor. Professor Li’s research focuses on two general themes on the economics of China: a) the behaviors of governments, firms and banks in the context of economic transition; and b) labor and demographic issues in the context of economic development. Most of his work is empirical in nature, in a number of cases using primary data sets that he has collected himself; in other cases he taps into rich secondary data sets. These projects have been supported by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, the Ford Foundation and the Natural Science Foundation of China. His research results have been published in such leading journals as the Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Comparative Economics.
He also presented "Winter Heating or Clean Air" at the 2009 CESI. The paper was co-authored by Douglas Almond, Yuyu Chen, and Michael Greenstone.