Coauthor's affiliation is the current one. Email me for any inaccessible paper or unlinked working papers. 

I am looking for a part-time RA (fluent in any two languages among English,  Chinese, and Korean) with a social science background (political science, economics, sociology, or public policy) to work on new datasets. Please email me ( if interested.

Working Paper​s
Work in Progress
Other Writings

[Peer-reviewed Publications]

[11] "Spies, Democratization, and Transitional Justice: Retrial Acquittals following Fabricated
Charges in Korea," Forthcoming, Asian Survey.

          (with Sunkyoung Park, Incheon National University)​   

            Online Appendix  

[10] "Rivals Within: Political Factions, Loyalty and Elite Competition under Authoritarianism," 
    Forthcoming, Political Science Research and Methods(with
Ting Chen, HK Baptist University)

            Online Appendix                 Replication File

[9] "Domestic Migrants' responsiveness to Electoral Mobilization under Authoritarianism:           

        Evidence from China's Grassroots Election"           

        2020, Electoral Studies(with Jun Fang, University of Michigan)            

           Online Appendix  

[8] "Social Ties as a Political Resource: Revisiting Democratic Transition of South Korea" 
       2020, Journal of East Asian Studies 20(1): 75–98. (with Joon Nak Choi, HKUST)

[7] "Oilfields, Mosques and Violence: Is There a Resource Curse in Xinjiang?" 

       2020, British Journal of Political Science 50(1): 45-78.  (with Wenhui Yang, UT Austin)

            Online Appendix                 Replication File


[6] "Colonization and Education: Exploring the Legacy of Local Elites in Korea"        
2018Economic History Review 71(3): 938-964.  (with Christopher Paik, NYUAD)

           Online Appendix                 


[5] "How Natural Resources Affect Authoritarian Leaders’ Provision of Public Services:
       Evidence from China" 

2018, Journal of Politics 80(1): 178-194. 
            Online Appendix                 Replication File              

            Introduced by 唧唧堂, 《财新周刊》, 政见    


[4] "Does Oil Hinder Social Spending? Evidence from Dictatorships, 1972-2008."

       2017, Studies in Comparative International Development 52(4): 457-482.

            Online Appendix                 Replication File


[3] "Unexplored Consequences of Violence against Civilians during the Korean War" 
     2017, Journal of East Asian Studies 17(3): 259-283.  (with Woo Chang Kang, Korea University) 

            Online Appendix    

[2] "Trauma and Stigma: the Long-term Effects of Wartime Violence on Political Attitudes"
       2017, Conflict Management and Peace Science 34(3): 264–286 (with
Woo Chang Kang, Korea University)
            Online Appendix                 Replication File  


[1] "Factories for Votes? How Dictators Gain Popular Support Using Targeted Industrial Policy" 
  2016, British Journal of Political Science 46(3): 501-527.  (with 
SunKyoung Park, Incheon National University)
            Online Appendix                 Replication File         
         - Recipient of the 
2017 Gallup Korea Academic Award

[Publication in other languages]

"Research Trends in Studies of Korean Politics Published in Top 50 SSCI Journals in 1986-2017" [In Korean]

 2018, Korean Journal of International Studies 58(1): 219-255. (with Sunkyoung Park and Hojun Lee)

[Selected Working papers]

"Rights and Deaths: Government Reactions to the Pandemic"

(with José Antonio Cheibub and Adam Przeworski)

"Hate Thy Communist Neighbor: Protestantism and Election Outcomes in South Korea"
(with Christopher Paik, NYUAD)  Revise and Resubmit

"Conditional Cross-Border Diffusion of Violence in a Security State: Evidence from Xinjiang, China" 
(with Wenhui Yang, UT Austin)  Revise and Resubmit

"The Long-term Political Effects of State Repression: Evidence from Taiwan" (with Fang-Yi Chiou, Academia Sinica)  under review 

"Effects of Dictatorial Development Policy on Authoritarian and Democratic Election: Evidence from

South Korea" (with SunKyoung Park, Incheon National University and Hyun Joo Yang, Sogang University)

"Can a Sense of Shared War Experience Increase Refugee Acceptance?" (with Cecilia Mo, UC Berkeley and Christopher Paik, NYUAD)

"Project Finance Loans, Political Institutions, and Regime Survival" (with Ilker Karaca, Iowa State Univ. and Ruilin Lai, HKUST)

[Work in progress]

Destructive Origins of Developmental States: Regime-Sponsored Violence, State Building, and Eco-

nomic Development in East Asia

-- book project in progress

Authoritarian Resource Curse: Resource-Driven Development and Social Welfare under Dictatorship

-- book project in progress

Natural Resources, Ethnic Autonomy and Inter-Ethnic Inequality in China (with Wenhui Yang, UT Austin)

International Remittance, Dissolution of Community, and Local Development: Evidence from Chinese Korean Migration

Occupiers and Owners: Legacies of Colonial Enterprises (with Christopher Paik, NYUAD)

The Effect of State-building on the Salience of Ethnicity: Experimental Evidence from Southwest

China (with Jun Fang, University of Michigan and Zhenqian Huang, China Agricultural University)

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