Chair Professor
Albert PARK
Chair Professor Professor
Albert PARK

Research Interests

  • Development
  • Labor
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Chinese Economy

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D. Stanford University 1996
  • A.B. Harvard University 1988

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Head, Department of Economics, HKUST, 2020 to 2021
  • Chair Professor of Economics, HKUST, 2019 to present (Professor 2011 to 2019)
  • Chair Professor of Social Science, HKUST, 2011 to present
  • Professor of Public Policy, HKUST, 2017 to present
  • Director, Institute for Emerging Market Studies, HKUST, 2013 to 2020
  • Senior Fellow, Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Studies, HKUST, 2011 to 2020
  • Professor of Economics, University of Oxford, 2010-2011 (Reader 2007 to 2010)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, 2002-2007
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, 1997-2002


  • Giles, John, Albert Park, and Meiyan Wang. "The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Disruptions to Schooling, and the Returns to Schooling in Urban China", Economic Development and Cultural Change, 68(1): 131-164, 2019.
  • Karachiwalla, Naureen, and Albert Park, Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from Chinese Schools, Journal of Public Economics, 146: 109-128, 2017.  
  • Park, Albert, and Sangui Wang, “Benefiting from Disaster?: Public and Private Responses to the Wenchuan Earthquake,” World Development, 94(C): 38-50, 2017. 
  • Glewwe, Paul, Qiuqiong Huang, and Albert Park. Cognitive Skills, Noncognitive Skills, and School-to-Work Transitions in Rural China, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, 134: 141–164, 2017.
  • Shu Cai, and Albert Park, “Permanent Income and Subjective Well-being,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 130: 298-319, 2016.
  • Glewwe, Paul, Albert Park, and Meng Zhao, “A Better Vision for Development: Eyeglasses and Academic Performance in Rural Primary Schools in China,” Journal of Development Economics 122: 170-182, 2016. 
  • Park, Albert, Xinzheng Shi, Chang-tai Hsieh, and Xuehui An, "Magnet High Schools and Academic Performance in China: A Regression Discontinuity Design,” Journal of Comparative Economics, 43(4): 825-843, 2015 
  • Park, Albert, and Yan Shen, “Understanding Wealth and Housing Inequality among China’s Older Population,” China Economic Journal, 8(3): 288-307, 2015.
  • Gallagher, Mary, John Giles, Albert Park, and Meiyan Wang, “China’s 2008 Labor Contract Law: Implementation and Impacts on Workers,” Human Relations, 68(2) 197–235, 2015.
  • Abhijeet Singh, Albert Park, and Stefan Dercon, “School Meals as a Social Safety Net: An Evaluation of the Midday Meal Scheme in India,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 62(2): 275 – 306, 2014.
  • Park, Albert, and Xiaobo Qu, “Informality, Returns to Education, and Labour Market Integration in China,” Indian Journal of Labor Economics 56(4): 617-634, 2013.
  • Cai, Hongbin, Hongbin Li, Albert Park, and Li-an Zou, “Family Ties and Organizational Design: Evidence from Chinese Private Firms,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3): 850-867, 2013.
  • Mangyo, Eiji, and Albert Park. “Relative Deprivation and Health: Which Reference Groups Matter?” Journal of Human Resources 46(3): 459-481, 2011.
  • Park, Albert, Dean Yang, Xinzheng Shi, and Yuan Jiang. “Exporting and Firm Performance: Chinese Exporters and the Asian Financial Crisis,” Review of Economics and Statistics 92(4): 822–842, 2010.
  • Park, Albert, and Sangui Wang. “Community Development and Poverty Alleviation: An Evaluation of China’s Poor Village Investment Program,” Journal of Public Economics, 94(9-10): 790-799, 2010.
  • Park, Albert, and Minggao Shen. “Refinancing and Decentralization: Evidence from China,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations 66(3-4): 703-730, 2008.
  • Giles, John, Albert Park, and Fang Cai. “Re-employment of Dislocated Workers in Urban China: the Roles of Information and Incentives,” Journal of Comparative Economics 34(3): 582-607, 2006.
  • Park, Albert. “Risk and Household Grain Management in Developing Countries,” The Economic Journal 116(514): 1088-1115, 2006.
  • Du, Yang, Albert Park, and Sangui Wang. “Migration and Rural Poverty in China,” Journal of Comparative Economics 33(4): 688-709, 2005.
  • Zhang, Junsen, Yaohui Zhao, Albert Park, Xiaoqing Song,. “Economic Returns to Schooling in Urban China, 1988 to 2001,” Journal of Comparative Economics 33(4): 730-752, 2005.
  • Park, Albert, and Minggao Shen. “Joint Liability Lending and the Rise and Fall of China’s Township and Village Enterprises,” Journal of Development Economics 71: 497-531, 2003.
  • Park, Albert, Loren Brandt, and John Giles. “Competition Under Credit Rationing: Theory and Evidence from Rural China,” Journal of Development Economics 71: 463-495, 2003.
  • Park, Albert, Sangui Wang, and Guobao Wu. “Regional Poverty Targeting in China,” Journal of Public Economics 86(1): 123-153, 2002.