Hi. My name is Chia-Yu Tsai, and I am a PhD candidate in economics at Mannheim University.

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”.

I will be available for interviews at the ASSA/AEA annual meeting in Philadelphia in January, 2018.

Here is my thesis.