About

Hi. My name is Chia-Yu Tsai, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the National University of Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

My fields of interest include Public Economics, Empirical Political Economy, Media Economics, and China Research.

I study protest and power structure in China, using text mining to collect and analyze data on 2,714 county leaders and 50,141 protests in 2014 and 2015. I find power has significant and negative effects on protest, and the effects differ between “locals” (a leader whose hometown and his/her ruling county is in the same prefecture) and “outsiders”.

Here is my doctoral thesis.