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Tuan-Hwee Sng

Tuan-Hwee Sng

National University of Singapore
Fellow, 2020-21 Study #53

Tuan-Hwee Sng’s research interests lie in socioeconomic development in the very long run. This is an area where economic history and political economy overlap. He applies economic theories and empirical methods to understand long term development issues in East Asia, with a special focus on China. Much of his research is interdisciplinary. During his year at CASBS as a NUS fellow, Sng will be working on a series of essays investigating the origins of China’s historical tendency toward political unification, and the consequences of China’s recurring political unification on salient contemporary issues, including regional inequalities and a strong preference for male offspring in some parts of the country.

Sng has built a research program with several co-authors that studies the process of state building in China, Japan, and Europe from a comparative perspective. He has recently published in journals such as Applied Geography, Explorations in Economic History, International Economic Review, and Journal of Economic Growth

Sng is an associate professor of economics at National University of Singapore and a research associate at the East Asian Institute, NUS. For more information about his work, visit