Dr Liyun Zhang

Dr Liyun Zhang

The Department of Economics
Research Fellow in Economics

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Liyun’s main research interests are international economics and environmental economics with a focus on firms’ internationalization strategies and environmental behaviour.  


MSc, PhD (University of Birmingham)

Postgraduate supervision

Qinqin Xiong (2021-  ): UoB full scholarship


  • International economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Applied econometrics


Recent publications


Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR, Okubo, T & Zhang, L 2021, 'Importing, outsourcing and pollution offshoring', Energy Economics, vol. 103, 105562. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2021.105562

Cole, M, Maddison, D & Zhang, L 2019, 'Testing the emission reduction claims of CDM projects using the Benford’s Law', Climatic Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02593-5

Cole, M & Zhang, L 2019, 'The clean-up of Chinese manufacturing: examining the role played by changing techniques of production', Economics Letters, vol. 180, pp. 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2019.03.030

Elliott, RJR, Horsewood, NJ & Zhang, L 2018, 'Importing exporters and exporting importers: A study of the decision of Chinese firms to engage in international trade', Review of International Economics. https://doi.org/10.1111/roie.12374

Cole, M, Elliott, R & Zhang, L 2017, 'Foreign Direct Investment and the Environment: A Review of the Literature', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 42, pp. 465-487. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-060916

Jabbour, L, Elliott, R & Zhang, L 2016, 'Firm productivity and importing: Evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms', Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue Canadienne d`Economique, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 1086-1124. https://doi.org/10.1111/caje.12226

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