What social science is properly about is the human variety, which consists of all the social worlds in which men have lived, are living, and might live. - C. Wright Mills
Welcome to my website! I am Kezhou Xiao (English Name: Spencer, Chinese Character: 肖可舟), currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My main research interests focus on political economy, development and growth, and entrepreneurship in a rapidly globalizing world. (My Google Profile)
The coming thesis would be titled, "Three Essays on Political Economy of Development". (Supervisors: Prof. Philippe Aghion, Prof. Sir Tim Besley, Prof. Gerard Padro I Miquel) The expected completion date: May, 2019. My dissertation will be dedicated to Mr. Gu Zhun (顾准), an intellectual, economist, translator, and political prisoner in his lonely search for freedom, reason, and betterment of human societies.
Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China: Rebalancing in Guangdong A Policy Volume (2018) on Fiscal Sustainable Issues in China, using Guangdong Province as a Case Study. Presentation version: here. Book Format Available from Amazon and Springer. Abstract: This book collects high-quality papers on issues related to the rebalancing strategy in China, new clean cities as “hubs’’, liability management, and involving the private sector, including through PPPs, with specific examples from Guangdong. Guangdong has been at the forefront of economic reforms in China since the advent of the Responsibility System in the late 1970s, and its successes and challenges reflect those of China as a whole. The need for rebalancing towards a more inclusive and sustainable path is also critical in Guangdong, just as it is in China. Strengthening the fiscal underpinnings and the next stages of tax reforms are critical drivers to accomplishing the requisite structural changes.