USC Marshall China Research Group

The USC China Research Group aims to advance understanding of the business environment of China and its relation to the global economy and international relations. We conduct academic research, exchange information, and disseminate knowledge to the public and policymakers, leveraging expertise of faculty members in the Marshall School, across USC, and among other affiliated scholars. Among the issues we consider are how institutions such as political economy, law and social norm and culture shape the business environment, the organizations and operations of enterprises in China, and the relation between the Chinese business environment and American business. We aim to become a central intellectual hub for scholars, business leaders, and policymakers, and eventually to position USC as a central institution for the creation and discussion of knowledge concerning the Chinese business environment.

Weekly Workshops

The USC Marshall China Research Group offers weekly research workshops available to all.

USC Marshall China Workshop 2020-2021 Spring Semester

Tuesdays 11am-12pm Pacific Time (unless otherwise indicated) **Hosted virtually on Zoom** Please register here.




Title of presentation

01/19/2021;  *4-5pm*

Aaron Yoon

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Accounting

The Dark Side of Fair Disclosure in a Relational Economy: Evidence from China


Fangfei Shu

USC Marshall School of Business, Accounting

The Political Root of Business Network Evolution


Zhiguo He

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Finance

Valuation of Long-Term Property Rights under Political Uncertainty


Curtis Milhaupt 

Stanford University, Law School 

Party Building or Noisy Signaling? The Contours of Political Conformity in Chinese Corporate Governance


Yuhua Wang

Harvard University, Dept. of Government

Social Origins of Durable Rule in Imperial China

 02/23/2021; *5-6pm*

Chuck Eesley 

Stanford University, Management Science & Engineering

Stepping-Stone Strategies to Leverage Institutional Intermediaries: Entrepreneurial Strategies to Contact Investors on a Fundraising Platform

03/02/2021; *5-6pm*

Bin Ke 

National University of Singapore Business School, Accounting 

Hard to say goodbye to yesterday: interstate war memories, patriotism, and individual investors’ investment preferences

 03/08/2021, Monday, 11am-12pm

Rob Seamans 

New York University, Stern School of Business, Management

Robots at Work in China


 Bohui Zhang

Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Business School, Finance 

Digital Footprints as Collateral for Debt Collection


Xiaoyun Yu 

 Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Finance

Failure to Jettison: The Cost of Labor on the Path to Recovery

03/30/2021 *5-6pm*

Shaoda Wang

University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

The Political Economy of Policy Experimentations in China


Reed Lei

University of Wisconsin Madison, Political Science

The Political Resource Blessing or Curse? Patronage Networks and the Varieties of Economic Development Models in China


The USC Marshall China Research Group hosts and cohosts major conferences every year. Below is information on our conferences.

Inaugural 2021 China Research Group Doctoral Symposium, April 23-24, 2021 on Zoom. Read Agenda here (PDF document).

The China Conference - Institutions, Markets and Firms, May 17-18, 2019 (sponsored by USC Marshall Institute for Outlier Research in Business)

Text Analysis for Asia and Beyond, January 11-12, 2019 (co-hosts and sponsors: USC Center for International Studies, USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture)

USC Marshall China Research Day, March 30-31, 2018 (sponsored by USC Marshall School of Business)


The USC Marshall China Research Group offers a variety of courses at the graduate level.

  • ACCT 574 Accounting and Corporate Governance in Global Business Environment (PDF document)

  • MOR 599 Winning in Emerging Markets

Contact us:

Nan Jia
T.J. Wong

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