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Jing Wu

Department: Economics
Faculty Adviser: Leah Boustan and Ilyana Kuziemko
Year of Study: G2
Undergraduate School: Peking University
Undergraduate Major: Economics

Personal Bio

I am a second-year PhD student in the economics department, originally from a small industrial town in China (you can pretty much think of it as the midwest of China). When I did my undergrad at Peking University, I found economics to be the best method to study the important phenomenon in society. In some way, I am not a "conventional" economist who focused a lot on exchange rates and growth rates, but more of a social scientist trying to understand institutions that impact our human experience, especially of the marginal groups. On the personal side, I would describe myself as a passionate introvert - yes these two characteristics can coexist! In my free time, I enjoy reading books on history and sociology, traveling, and dancing is a newfound hobby of mine!

Fun Fact

I have moved 7 times to 5 different cities in the past 3 years - so I am really glad I can settle down here in the Princeton area for another 5 years, and I'm excited to explore more!

Also I am a HUGE swiftie - tell me about your top 5 songs from her and we will debate (or become besties automatically if our tastes match).

Research Pitch

I am broadly interested in public economics and labor economics. Right now I am working on topics related to the mass incarceration and the racial bias in the justice system. One ongoing project is about how the mass incarceration of black men, induced by a series of punitive law changes, decreased the intergenerational mobility in the black community, perpetuating the poverty gap. While very few economic research has studied this history event, this project can help us better understand the racism deeply rooted in the system, and how we can start to correct them.

Plans for Summer 2022

Looking for mentee to participate in Summer ReMatch+ program.

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