Xingfei Liu, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Labor economics Applied econometrics


I am a labor economist in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. My research guides public policy by estimating the effects of interventions in labor markets. I am interested in policies that might increase female labor force participation and reduce gender wage gaps, but have a general interest in any policy that improves labor market outcomes for any disadvantaged group. I also study the effect of labor market institutions on economic efficiency, especially in China. A third research stream investigates the economic assimilation of immigrants in the U.S. and in Canada. I am also interested in human capital accumulation and its dynamics with other labor market outcomes.


Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Policy Evaluation, Economics of Migration


ECON 494 - Economic Data Analysis I

Computer programming for the statistical analysis of data in economics with focus on SAS, R, and Python. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 299 or equivalent.

ECON 599 - Applied Econometrics

The role of economic theory in the process of specification and estimation of models. Interpretation and critical evaluation of applied work by means of selected topics in economics and econometrics. Prerequisite: ECON 598 or equivalent.

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Temporary versus permanent migration: The impact on expenditure patterns of households left behind

Author(s): Chuhong Wang, Xingfei Liu, Zizhong Yan
Publication Date: 9/9/2020
Publication: Review of Economics of the Household
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Expropriation with hukou change and labour market outcomes in China

Author(s): Akguc Mehtap, Xingfei liu, Massimiliano Tani, Chuhong Wang
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: China Economic Review
Volume: 60
Page Numbers: online 101391
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Dynamic Skill Accumulation, Education Policies and the Return to Schooling

Author(s): Christian Belzil, Jorgen Hansen, Xingfei Liu
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Quantitative Economics
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 895-927
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Risk Attitude and Migration: Evidence from China

Author(s): Akguc Mehtap, Massimiliano Tani, Xingfei Liu, Klaus Zimmermann
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: China Economic Review
Volume: 37
Page Numbers: 166-176
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Estimating Labor Supply Responses and Welfare Participation: Using a Natural Experiment to Validate a Structural Labor Supply Model

Author(s): Jorgen Hansen, Xingfei Liu
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Canadian Journal of Economics
Volume: 48
Page Numbers: 1831-1854
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Trading Frictions and Consumption-output Comovement

Author(s): Shen Guo, Yan Zhao, Xingfei Liu
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Journal of Macroeconomics
Volume: 42
Page Numbers: 229-240
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State Dependence in Social Assistance Receipt in Canada

Author(s): Jorgen Hansen, Magnus Lofstrom, Xingfei Liu, Xuelin Zhang
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Research in Labor Economics
Volume: 39
Page Numbers: 81-106
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Understanding Unemployment in the Arab Countries: Towards A Policy Framework

Author(s): Syed Ahsan, Xingfei Liu
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Development and Economic Policies
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
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