Weili Ding

Associate Professor of Economics
Weili Ding
Associate Professor of Economics
Office Phone
+86 (21) 20595198

Weili Ding is an Associate Professor of Economics at NYU Shanghai.  She is also a Project 985 Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Economics of Education, Beijing Normal University and a member of NYU’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making. She is also an associate professor at Queen’s University which she joined after being spending two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. 

Professor Ding’s research interests are in the economics of education, health economics and examining the economics of rural development and urban transitions in China. Her work has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, China Economic Review among other outlets. Professor Ding’s research often involves collecting data in rural and urban China. Her research has been supported by both the Spencer Foundation and SSSHRC.

Research Interests

  • Economics of education
  • Health economics
  • Economics of rural develop and rural transitions


Select Publications

  • When a Son is Born: The Impact of Fertility Patterns on Family Finance in Rural China (with Yuan Zhang) forthcoming in China Economic Review.
  • Accounting for Time-Varying Unobserved Ability Heterogeneity within Education Production Functions (with Steven Lehrer) Economics of Education Review Vol. 40, No. 1, June 2014, 55–75.
  • Should Substitute Teachers in China be Permanently Regulated or Temporarily Tolerated? -- Our Proposed Personnel Reform (with Xuehui An), Educational Research (jiaoyu yanjiu), No.7, 2011.
  • Experimental Estimates of the Impacts of Class Size on Test Scores: Robustness and Heterogeneity (with Steven Lehrer), Education Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3, July 2011, 229-252.



  • PhD, Economics
    University of Pittsburgh