Dr Liyun Zhang

Dr Liyun Zhang

The Department of Economics
Research Fellow in Economics

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Liyun Zhang is an applied economist with research interests in international and environmental economics. More specifically she studies the impacts of international trade and foreign direct investment. She is also interested in the evaluation of environmental regulations. Liyun obtained her PhD in 2015 and her doctoral thesis investigates firms’ internationalization strategies linking firm heterogeneity, quality upgrading and trade liberalization.


  • MSc (University of Birmingham)
  • BA (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China) 


  • International economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Applied econometrics


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Cole, M.A. and Zhang, L. (2019) “The Clean-up of Chinese Manufacturing: Examining the Role Played by Changing Techniques of Production”, Economics Letters, 180, 11-14

Elliott, R.J.R., Horsewood, N.J. and Zhang, L. (2019) “Importing Exporters and Exporting Importers: A Study of the Decision of Chinese Firms to Engage in International Trade”, Review of International Economics, 27(1), 240-266

Cole, M.A., Elliott R.J.R. and Zhang, L. (2017) “The Environment and Foreign Direct Investment”, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 42, 465-487. (2016/2017 Impact Factor: 6.268, scijournal.org)

Elliott, R.J.R., Jabbour, L. and Zhang, L.  (2016) “Productivity and Importing: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Firms”, Canadian Journal of Economics, 49(3), 1086-1124. (one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded papers within the first 12 months of online publication)

Working papers

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Okubo, T. and Zhang, L., “Importing, Outsourcing and Pollution Offshoring” (under review)

Cole, M.A., Maddison, D.J. and Zhang, L., “Testing the Emission Reductions Claims of CDM Projects using Benford’s Law” (under review)

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Strobl, E. and Zhang, L., “Regulation and Protection of the US Isolated Wetlands”

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