Shunan Zhao

Assistant Professor of Economics -- Oakland University

I got my Ph.D. degree in Economics in 2017 from State University of New York at Binghamton. My research areas include production economics and applied econometrics. I am interested in topics related to productivity analysis, identification and estimation of production technology, spillovers, exporting, R&D, the economy of China, semi/nonparametric regression, panel data models, spatial econometrics, and stochastic frontier analysis,. Most of my research is on the intersection of production economics, econometrics, industrial organization, and the Chinese economy.

I also received a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in Finance from Lingnan University, and a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the Chu Kochen College at Zhejiang University in China.

Currently, I serve as an Associate Editor of Empirical Economics.


    • Production Economics

    • Applied Econometrics


    • Productivity and Production Analysis, Spillovers, Export, R&D

    • Semi/Nonparametric Estimation, Panel Data Model, Spatial Econometrics

    • Stochastic Frontier Analysis

    • Chinese Manufacturing

Contact Information

    • Oakland University -- Department of Economics

    • Office: 349 Elliott Hall

    • Phone: (248) 370-3291

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