Yao Amber Li

Yao Amber Li is an assistant professor of Economics and Faculty Associate of IEMS at HKUST. Her research interests include knowledge diffusion, technology transfer/upgrading, MNEs, and economic geography. Her recent work has focused on understanding the frictions in knowledge diffusion and the strategic responses of firms to external shocks (e.g., trade liberalization and exchange rate shocks).

Content by Yao Amber Li
  • Publication - Project Report

    Growth policy, agglomeration, and (the lack of) competition

    28 Jul 2017 | Wyatt Brooks, Joseph Kaboski, Yao Amber Li

  • Blog post

    China’s industrial policy fosters collusion

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZ). New research suggests that gains to firms arising from the preferential tax and regulatory incentives for locating inside an SEZ, may come at a cost to consumers. Clustering may equally promote competition and collusion among firms in SEZs; could benefits from collusion...

    11 Jan 2017 | Joseph Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li, Vikas Dimble

  • Project

    Industrial agglomeration and (the lack of) competition

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZs). The results of this project suggests that gains to firms arising from the tax and regulatory incentives they receive for locating inside an SEZ may come at a cost to consumers.  We found that SEZs in China actually promote collusion. Our 'index of...

    27 Oct 2016 | Joseph Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li