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Research Interests

Labor Economics, Public Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Economics of China

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Liu, K. Wage Risk and the Value of Job Mobility in Early Employment Careers, Journal of Labor Economics vol 37 no. 1 (2019) pp. 139-185
Chan, M. K. and Liu, K. Life-Cycle and Intergenerational Effects of Child Care Reforms, Quantitative Economics vol 9(2) (2018) pp. 659-706
Aaberge, R., Liu, K. and Zhu, Y. Political Uncertainty and Household Savings, Journal of Comparative Economics vol 45(1) (2017) pp. 154-170
Liu, K. Insuring Against Health Shocks: Health Insurance and Household Choices, Journal of Health Economics vol 46 (2016) pp. 6-32
Liu, K. Explaining the Gender Wage Gap: Estimates from a Dynamic Model of Job Changes and Hours Changes, Quantitative Economics vol 7(2) (2016) pp. 411-477

Recent Activities

Workers, Firms and Labour Markets Workshop
Faculty of Economics is hosting a one-day workshop on Workers, Firms and Labour Markets on Friday, 18th October 2019, from 9.30am-3.30pm in the Meade Room. The workshop is organised by Dr Noriko Amano Patino, Dr Kai Liu and Dr Weilong Zhang and the speakers include includes Eric French, Roland Rathelot, Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, Pierre Cahuc, and Manudeep Bhuller. You can view the programme here.
Event Date - Friday 18th October 2019

Labour Markets, Human Capital and Public Policy
Costas Meghir, Hanming Fang, Magne Mogstad, Gordon Dahl and Chris Walters will all be speaking at the Labour Markets, Human Capital and Public Policy Conference. This will be held on 9th of May 2017, between 9.00am and 5.00pm, in Winstanley theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge.
Event Date - Tuesday 9th May 2017

Research Grants

Family Instability, Child Development and Family Policy: Theory and Evidence from an Economic Model (British Academy)

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects

Liu, K., Risk and Return in Human Capital Investments (JHOJ)
Liu, K., Wage Dynamics and Post-Schooling Human Capital Accumulation (JHUE)


PI Paper 1 - Lent - General Equilibrium, Externalities, Welfare
PIIA Paper 7 - Michaelmas - Labour Supply, Demand and Human Capital

PhD Students


Benjapon Prommawin
PhD Title: An Essay on International Reserves Adequacy for Emerging Asian Countries
Shengjuan He
PhD Title: Flexible working, commuting cost and female labour market outcomes

Dr Kai Liu

University Lecturer

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

CV: Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Details
Room: 31
Office Hours: Thursdays 4.00-5.00pm