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 (2019-2020 Spring Semester) Mondays 11am-12pm  **Hosted virtually on Zoom** Please register here.




Title of presentation

1/15/2020 (NOTE: WEDNESDAY, time and location remain the same)

Weijia Li

Monash University, Economics

Meritocracy and Dual Leadership: Historical Evidence and an Interpretation


TJ Wong

USC Leventhal School of Accounting

The Effect of Real-name Registration Policy on Information Quality: Evidence From an Online Stock Forum in China


Nan Jia

USC Marshall School of Business

Do Trade Sanction Induce Firm Innovation?


Steven Liao

UC Riverside, Political Science

Local Economic Benefits Increase Positivity toward Foreigners


Liz Liu

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

From Click to Boom: The Political Economy of E-Commerce in China


Daniel Armanios

Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy

Scaffolds and Intermediaries: How Institutional Infrastructure Can Alleviate Normative and Cognitive Barriers to Regulatory Changes Supporting Entrepreneurship


Aaron Yoon

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

The Role of Private Disclosures in Markets with Weak Institutions: Evidence from a Market Liberalization in China

5/4/20; 5pm-6pm Pacific Time

Hong Ru

Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Business School

What Do We Learn from SARS-CoV-1 to SARS-CoV-2: Evidence from Global Stock Markets


Tianshu Sun

USC Marshall School of Business

The Value of Personal Data in Internet Commerce: a High-stake Field Experiment on Data Regulation Policy


Samantha A. Vortherms

UC Irvine, Political Science

Localized Citizenship: Economic Development, Migration and Inclusion in China


Hai Lu

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Governance Efficiency and the Recovery of Economy from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from China

6/1/20; 5pm-6pm Pacific Time

Junyan Jiang

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Political Science

Outgroup Attitudes and Preference for Institutions: Evidence from a Survey Experiment

6/8/20; 5pm-6pm Pacific Time

Shuo Chen

Fudan University, Economics

Godfather Politicians and Organized Violence: The Good, The Bad, and The Bloody

6/15/20; 5pm-6pm Pacific Time

Danqing Wang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Business School

The Paradox of Diversity and Female Politicians’ Promotion in Bureaucracy


Ruixue Jia

University of California, San Diego



Zhaotian Luo

University of Chicago, Political Science



Bo Yang

USC Marshall School of Business



Wei Xiong

Princeton University, Economics



Yiqing Xu

Stanford University, Political Science Department

Clans and Calamity: How Social Capital Saves Lives during China's Great Famine


Taisu Zhang

Yale University, Law School



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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