Hang Yu

Welcome to my website!

I am an Assistant Professor at the National School of Development, Peking University.

My research agenda spans a range of development economics topics, including health, disaster, anti-poverty programs, and political economy. Methodologically, much of my work involves conducting randomized control trials in field settings and generating original data. I am currently running field experiments that help households cope with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and natural disasters. My research locations include China and Mozambique.


Email: hangyu.economics@gmail.com

Links: Check out our Mozambique Research Website and this YouTube Channel

Working Papers

  1. "Social Stigma as a Barrier to HIV Testing: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mozambique." [PDF] [Appendix] [AEA Registry]

  2. “Knowledge, Stigma, and HIV Testing: An Analysis of a Widespread HIV/AIDS Program,” with Dean Yang, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, and James Allen. [PDF]

A previous version under the title “Direct and Spillover Impacts of a Community-Level HIV/AIDS Program: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Mozambique” is accepted based on pre-results review at the Journal of Development Economics, July 2019. [PDF] [ClinicalTrials.gov Registry] [AEA Registry]

  1. "Correcting Perceived Social Distancing Norms to Combat COVID-19." with James Allen, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, Tanya Rosenblat, and Dean Yang. NBER Working Paper. [PDF] [AEA Registry]

  2. “Learning about COVID-19: Improving Knowledge via Incentives and Feedback”, with Dean Yang, James Allen, Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell, and Tanya Rosenblat.

  3. "The Value of Political Connections for Firms: The Case of Outside Directors in China." [PDF]

Work in Progress

  1. “Interventions to Improve HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Beira, Mozambique,” with Dean Yang, James Riddell, Arlete Mahumane, and Jared Stolove. [ClinicalTrials.gov Registry] [AEA Registry]

Study instruments: Videos for the informational intervention in Portuguese and Sena, with English transcripts; Protocol for the stigma-relieving intervention