Justin J. Hong
Hello! I am a Ph.D. candidate (5th year) in Economics at Boston University.
Fields of Interest: Development Economics, Political Economy, Public Economics
Risk-Taking and Public Leadership: Evidence from Chinese Villages 
This paper studies the impact of risk-taking on public leadership, by exploiting Chinese "zodiac year" superstitions that generate within-individual variation in risk appetite. Employing a representative village panel (2013-2018), I find that lower risk-taking of village heads leads to improved governance processes and greater perceived responsiveness by villagers; I also observe consistent expenditure changes, with higher public good spending and a comparable decline in administration spending. However, risk-averse leaders are also less likely to promote policy innovation. Collectively, risk avoidance can shift leader focus toward addressing constituent interests when incentives for responsiveness are limited, with a potential trade-off between accountability and public entrepreneurship.
Corruption and Human Capital Supply for the State 
Host Favoritism and Talent Selection: Evidence from Chinese Science Olympiads (with X. Li)