LIU, Xuepeng (Paul)  


Contact Information:

Associate Professor of Economics, Dept. of Economics & Finance,

Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, GA
Office Phone: (470)578-6605; Email:


Curriculum Vita

                                                           [Research Papers]

 Global Value Chain (GVC):

  "Services Development and Comparative Advantage of Manufacturing." (with Aaditya Mattoo, the World Bank; Zhi Wang, U.S. International Trade Commission; and Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia University)


Tax Evasion in International Trade:

  "Tax Avoidance through Re-imports: The Case of Redundant Trade." Journal of Development Economics 104: 152-164, 2013. [Research Question: Why does China import more from itself than from the U.S.?]

  "Evasion Behaviors of Exporters and Importers: Evidence From the U.S.-China Trade Data Discrepancy." [Working Paper Version] (with Michael Ferrantino and Zhi Wang, the U.S. International Trade Commission) Journal of International Economics 86(1): 141-157, 2012. [Research Question: Why are China reported exports to the U.S. much smaller than the corresponding U.S. reported imports from China?]

 "Tax Evasion through Trade Intermediation: Evidence from Chinese Exporters" (with Huimin Shi, Renmin University of China; and Michael Ferrantino, The World Bank) Forthcoming in Int. Review of Economics & Finance [Research Question: How do firms evade taxes through trade intermediaries?]


Foreign Direct Investment:

  "The Location Decisions of Foreign Investors in China: Untangling the Effect of Wages Using a Control Function Approach." (with Mary Lovely and Jan Ondrich, Syracuse University). Review of Economics & Statistics 92(1): 160-166, 2010.

  "Does Final Market Demand Elasticity Influence the Location of Export Processing? Evidence from Multinational Decisions in China" (with Mary Lovely and Jan Ondrich, Syracuse University). World Economy 36(5): 509-536, 2013.


Trade Agreements:

  "WTO and Trade Volatility: A Spatial Analysis" (with Abdur R. Chowdhury, Marquette University; Miao Wang, Marquette University; M.C. Sunny Wong, University of San Francisco)

  "Trade Agreements and Economic Growth" Forthcoming in Southern Economic Journal.

  "Free Trade Agreements and the Consolidation of Democracy." (with Emanuel Ornelas, London School of Economics). [Also Available at: VoxEU & WTO Forum]. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 6(2): 29-70, April 2014. Online Appendix

  "GATT/WTO Promotes Trade Strongly: Sample Selection and Model Specification." Review of International Economics 17(3), 428-446, 2009. [Main finding: WTO not only promotes trade among existing partners at the intensive margin, but also creates new trading relationships at the extensive margin.]  * Dataset, covering 217 countries, 1948-2003

   "Testing Conflicting Political Economy Theories: Full-fledged versus Partial-scope Regional Trade Agreements," Southern Economic Journal 77(1): 78-103, 2010. [Also Available at: WTO Forum]

   "The Political Economy of Free Trade Agreements: An Empirical Investigation." Journal of Economic Integration 23(2): 237-271, 2008.

  "The Information Technology Agreement: Sui Generis or Model Stepping Stone?" (with Catherine L. Mann, Brandeis University). In Richard Baldwin and Patrick Low (Eds.), Multilateralizing Regionalism. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

  "A Political-economic Analysis of Free-trade Agreements: Comment." [PDF] American Economic Review Comment, Sept. 2007 [Online].


Trade & Development:

  "Trade Agreements and Economic Growth." Forthcoming in Southern Economic Journal.

  "Trade and Income Convergence: Sorting out the Causality." Journal of International Trade & Economic Development 18(1):169-195, 2009.


                                                        [Non-technical Writings]

"Market vs. Government in Managing the Chinese Economy." China Currents 13(2), 2014.