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Jimmy Chan

Jimmy Chan

Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fellow, 2020-21

Jimmy Chan is a CUHK-CASBS fellow. His research applies game theory to study non-standard markets, long-term relationships, and collective decisions. He plans to study the Chinese college market during his fellowship year. In most markets, resources are allocated by price. College places, however, are supposed to be allocated by “merit.” In China, admissions depend almost entirely on standardized test scores. Between 1999 and 2010, the number of college places in China has increased from one million to three. He wants to understand to what extent competition between universities for high-scoring students determines resource allocation. Did universities that attracted better students grow faster? Within a university, did popular majors grow at the expense of unpopular ones? These are some of the questions he wants to answer.

In addition, he would like to use his time at CASBS to think about why, after thirty years of opening and reform, China has turned inward and become illiberal in the past ten years.

Chan is a professor of economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He previously taught at Johns Hopkins University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Fudan University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.  

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