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Dr Zheng Wang

Job: Associate Professor & Reader in Economics

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8015




Personal profile

Zheng joined De Montfort University in 2016 as Reader in Economics. Previously, he worked as Lecturer in Economics in the University of Hull and the University of Nottingham. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham, and both PhD and BA degrees in economics from Zhejiang University (China). Currently he still maintains external fellowship at the GEP research centre in Nottingham. He is also a senior member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In his spare time, Zheng is enthusiastic about exploring all aspects of different cultures. In particular, he enjoys and practices the traditional art of Chinese calligraphy with mouth -- as a result of an arms amputation surgery after an accident when young -- which won him some national awards in China.

Research group affiliations


Research interests/expertise

International Trade and Development Economics (with a Political Economy Flavour) 

Areas of teaching

International Economics


PhD (Nottingham), PhD & BA (Zhejiang), PCAP(Hull)

Courses taught

Current Issues in Business Economics (PG, Hull), International & EU Economics (UG, Hull), Topics in Applied Economics (UG, Hull), Macroeconomics (UG, Nottingham), International Trade (UG, Nottingham), Dissertations (PG & UG, Hull, Nottingham). 

Honours and awards

Vice-Chancellor's Achievement Award (Highest Honour of the University), University of Nottingham, 2012.

Teaching Excellence Award, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, 2011-2012.

Membership of external committees

Senior Member, ESRC Peer Review College, 2015 -

External Research Fellow, GEP, University of Nottingham, 2013 -

External Tutor, Baochuta Primary School, Hangzhou, China, 2014 - 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of European Economic Association

Professional licences and certificates

PCAP/PGCHE (Hull), HEA Fellow

Conference attendance

2016: Fudan University (Shanghai, China), Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (Shanghai, China), Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (Hangzhou, China), University of Dundee (Dundee, UK).

2015: Nottingham Trent (Nottingham, UK), Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (Shanghai, China).

2014: INFER (Loughborough, UK)

2013: Hull University Business School (Hull, UK), Aston Business School (Birmingham, UK), ETSG Conference (Birmingham, UK), University of Nottingham Ningbo *2 (China), Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China).

2012: RES PhD Meeting (Queen Mary, London, UK), University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), GEP Internal Research Workshop (Nottingham, UK), University of Otago (New Zealand), GEP Postgraduate Conference (Nottingham, UK), GEP Conference (Ningbo, China)

2011: ETSG Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark), CEPII-PSE Workshop (Paris, France), GEP Postgraduate Conference (Nottingham, UK)

2010: Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), GEP Conference (Ningbo, China), CESifo/GEP Conference (Munich, Germany), GEP Internal Research Workshop (Nottingham, UK), CAED/COST Conference (London, UK), ETSG Conference (Lausanne, Switzerland), University of Oxford (Oxford, UK), GEP Postgraduate Conference (Nottingham, UK)

2009: GEP Internal Research Workshop (Nottingham, UK)

2008: Peking University (China)

2007: Shenzhen University (China), Zhejiang University (China), University of Nottingham (UK)

2006: Wuhan University (China), Tsinghua University (China), Zhejiang University (China), Nanjing University of Science and Technology (China)

2005: Xiamen University (China), Harbin University of Commerce (China)

Recent research outputs

"Who Gets Caught for Corruption When Corruption is Pervasive? Evidence from China's Anti-Bribery Blacklist" (with Liming Zhou and Zhangfeng Jin), Applied Economics Letters, 2016,

"Volatility and Diversification of Exports: Firm-Level Theory and Evidence" (with Gonzague Vannoorenberghe and Zhihong Yu), European Economic Review, 2016, 8, 216-247.

"Quota Restrictions and Intra-Firm Reallocations: Evidence from Chinese Exports to the US" (with Richard Upward), ​Economics Letters, 2016, 144, 71-74.

"From One to Many Central Plans: Drug Advertising Inspections and Intra-National Protectionism in China" (with Markus Eberhardt and Zhihong Yu), Journal of Comparative Economics, 2016, 44(3), 608-622.

"The Rise and Fall of (Chinese) African Apparel Exports" (with Lorenzo Rotunno and Pierre-Louis Vézina), Journal of Development Economics, 2013, 105, 152-163. Covered by Financial Times and Daily Maverick. 

"Weighing China's Export Basket: The Domestic Content and Technology Intensity of Chinese Exports" (with Richard Upward and Jinghai Zheng), Journal of Comparative Economics, 2013, 41(2), 527-543. 

"Trading Partners, Traded Products, and Firm Performances of China’s Exporter–Importers: Does Processing Trade Make a Difference?" (with Zhihong Yu), The World Economy, 2012, 35(12), 1795-1824.

"Industrial Productivity Performance in Chinese Regions: A Decomposition Approach" (with Jinghai Zheng and Jinchuan Shi), Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 2008, 6(2), 157-175.

"Performance of Industrial Productivity across Regions of China" (with Jinghai Zheng and Jincvhuan Shi), Frontiers of Economics in China, 2007, 2(3), 324-345.

Current research students

Tahani Bagazi, "Labour Market Effects of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia", University of Hull, Feb 2016 -, joint supervision with Dr Michael Nolan. Source of funding: Saudi Arabia Government. 

Atiqul Islam, "Farmers’ Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh", University of Hull, Sep 2014 -, joint supervision with Prof Jon Atkins. Source of funding: HUBS full scholarship.

Externally funded research grants information

Conference Travel Grant for GEP Conference, University of Nottingham, November 2013.

Internally funded research project information

Small Research Grant, University of Nottingham, 2012-2013.

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for ESRC, ESRC/DFID China Africa Research Programme, Regional Studies, The World Economy, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.


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