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Zoe Zhang


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Email: Qianxue dot Zhang at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: S0.78

Advice & feedback hours: Wednesday 2-3 pm and Thursday 11-12 am.

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I come from China and my Chinese name is Qianxue (千雪). My supervisors are Prof. Roger Farmer and Prof. Dennis Novy.

My research interests are:

  • International Trade
  • Economic growth and structural change

Work in progress

Trade, knowledge diffusion and specialisation (JMP)

Structural transformation and female empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Jiaqi Li)

Working papers

Estimating non-balanced growth path: three-factor model and structural change (thesis chapter 2)

Abstract: This paper proposes a new method of estimating non-stationary nonlinear dynamic general equilibrium models with an application in the structural transformation context. By combining different sectoral growth rates with different factor intensities, I construct a three-sector general equilibrium model which generates a hump-shaped path for the size of the manufacturing sector while replicating the observed pattern of increasing and decreasing shares in services and agriculture. Using data for the United States and Sweden over the past decades, I implement a relaxation algorithm to solve the model for non-stationary paths of sectoral shares for given parameter values and then estimate the best fit for the model’s parameters. A counterfactual exercise for China shows the importance of trade in explaining the structural change. This method can be easily generalised to solve other similar problems.


The Hubei lockdown and its global impacts via supply chains (Figure 1 clearer version), Review of International Economics, 1–23. Matlab code (thesis chapter 1)

Abstract: This paper argues that the lockdown of Hubei province in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak provides a natural experiment to study the importance of China’s role in global value chains. Since the lockdown started during the Lunar New Year, Hubei’s migrant workers who went home could not return to workplaces in other provinces, resulting in a massive labor supply shock. I feed the supply shock through a Ricardian model with intermediate goods and sectoral linkages to study trade and welfare effects across several economies. While welfare in China is the most negatively affected, the shock also has sizeable negative implications for the US and the UK.



EC107 Economics1 (tutorial) Office hours: Friday 2-4 pm, S0.86


EC107 Economics1 (tutorial) Office hours: Monday 2-4 pm, Online.


EC312 International Economics (tutorial)

EC107 Economics1 (tutorial)

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