A row of sky-rise buildings stand behind green farmland in Hangzhou, China,


We focus on empirical work to bridge the divide between academic research and the real-life policies guiding US-China relations.

Research Initiatives

View of Pudong business district with a transparent Chinese flag superimposed.

Political Economy & Governance

Green hills and distant city view in China

Environmental Quality & Sustainability

Older Tibetan woman sits in her living room in China.


Beijing central business district buildings and highways bird's eye view.

Firms & Productivity

rural kids sitting together

Rural Education Action Program (REAP)

reap group trainers

Empiricism is the cornerstone of our work.

We combine access to unique datasets developed in house or in partnership with colleagues in China with cutting edge analytical methodology in the social sciences to produce path-breaking research and insights on China’s economy.

Our Partners in China

35 Research Universities
40 Companies
100 Non-Profits
From health, to climate change, to poverty and inequality, the challenges of the 21st century are global challenges—and they will require us to work together.
Stanford President Tessier-Lavigne
2020 Stanford China Economic Forum

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