James Kung



Sein and Isaac Souede Professor in Economic History

HKU Business School
The University of Hong Kong

Office: Room 937, K.K. Leung Building
Phone: (852) 3917-7764

Fax: (852) 2858-5614
Email: jameskung@hku.hk



Kung’s research interests encompass diverse topics in the broad areas of comparative historical development and the Chinese political economy. Intrigued by the complex relationship between institutions, culture, and long-run economic growth, Kung is studying both the origins of China’s meritocratic civil exam system (keju) and its long-term persistent effects on human capital development. On the political economy of China, Kung is examining issues related to the political exchange between firms and officials, and corruption more broadly. 

Some of his recent works have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Growth.