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 Fall Semester

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




Title of presentation


Daniel Yi Xu

Duke University, Economics Department

Search and Information Frictions on Global E-Commerce Platforms: Evidence from AliExpress


Colin Linxin Xu

The World Bank

The Transformative Effects of Privatization in China: A Natural Experiment Based on Politician Career Concern

9/29/2020 Xiaojun Li

University of British Columbia, Political Science

Fragmenting Globalization: The Politics of Preferential Trade Liberalization in China and the United States

10/6/2020; 5-6pm Pacific

Minhua Ling

Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Inconvenient Generation: Migrant Youth Coming of Age on Shanghai’s Edge


Nancy Qian

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Computerizing VAT Invoices in China


Kelly Shue

Yale School of Management

Leverage-Induced Fire Sales and Stock Market Crashes


Molly Roberts

UCSD, Department of Political Science

Crisis is a Gateway to Censored Information: The Case of Coronavirus in China






Yang Xie

UC Riverside, Department of Economics

A Theory of Power Structure and Political Stability: China vs. Europe Revisited

Han Jiang

Tulane University

Cleaning House before Hosting New Guests: A Political Path Dependence Model of the Adaptation of Political Connections in the Aftermath of Anticorruption Shocks


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

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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