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Jing Cao was a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. She is an Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. She is also a research fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE) and National Institute of Fiscal Studies, Tsinghua University, and an affiliated researcher at the Harvard China Project.

With trainings in both environmental sciences and economics, she is especially interested in integrated modeling of economic and environment system, economic incentive-based instruments to curb air pollution, green productivity measurement, household and firm behaviors on energy conservation and energy rebound effects, and computable general equilibrium modeling on China’s climate policies. Her research has been funded by National Science Foundation of China, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), the Environment for Development (EfD) and Energy Foundation. She is a 2010 recipient of McKinsey China Economics Award, 2005 recipient of Gregory Chow Best Paper Award, and 2004 recipient of East Asian Economic Association Best Paper Award.

She received her BS in geology and BA in economics from Peking University in 1998, MS in environmental sciences from Peking University in 2001, and PhD in public policy from Harvard University in 2007.


Non-CGD papers include the following: 

Cao J, Garbaccio R, and Ho MS. “China's 11th Five-Year Plan and the Environment: Reducing SO2 Emissions.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 3(2): 189—208.

Cao J, Ho MS, and Jorgenson DW. “The Local and Global Benefits of Green Tax Policies in China.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 3(2): 231—250.

Hu Z, Cao J, and  Hong L. Jeff. “Robust Simulation of Global Warming Policies Using the DICE Model.” Management Science mnsc.1120.1547.

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