Chao Li

Research Fellow, NZ Work Research Institute

Phone: Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5666



Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of Waikato, 2015.

Master of Management Studies in Economics with First Class Honours, University of Waikato, 2009.

Bachelor of Management Studies in Economics and Finance with Second Class Honours (first division), University of Waikato, 2008.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Research Associate, Department of Economics, Waikato Management School

Research Areas:

  • Urban, Regional and Labour Economics

Research Summary:

Chao Li is a postdoctoral research fellow at NZWRI, AUT. He received his Ph.D. from University of Waikato. His research interests are in regional, urban and labour economics. His research expertise lies in topics such as regional inequality, optimal city size, city size distribution, agglomeration economies, migrant externality, and urban land area expansion, empirically on the case of China and especially on the geographical dimension of these topics. He has considerable experience handling large administrative dataset at sub-national level (for instance, balanced/unbalanced panel data of about 300 Chinese cities and over 3000 Chinese counties).

Current Research Projects:

His current research agenda focuses on the emerging areas of labour and health economics, empirically on the case of New Zealand. The current research project is gender pay gap in New Zealand.


  1. Li, C. & Gibson, J. (2013). Rising regional inequality in China: fact or artifact? World Development, 47, 16 29.
  2. Li, C. & Gibson, J. (2014). Spatial price differences and inequality in the People’s Republic of China: housing market evidence. Asian Development Review, 31(1), 92-120.
  3. Gibson, J., Li, C., & Boe-Gibson, G. (2014). Economic growth and expansion of China’s urban land area: evidence from administrative data and night lights, 1993–2012. Sustainability, 6(11), 7850-7865.
  4. Li, C. & Gibson, J. (2015). City scale and productivity in China. Economics Letters, 131, 86-90.


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