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Mingliang Li

Associate Professor of Economics
Phd Student Placement Officer
439 Fronczak Hall
(716) 645-8684


  • Ph.D. (2003) University of California-Irvine
  • B.A. (1997) Fudan University

Research Interests

  • Econometrics
  • Economics of Education
  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

Selected Publications

  • “Is There “White Flight” into Private Schools? New Evidence from High School and Beyond.” Economics of Education Review, forthcoming
  • “Bayesian Analysis of Treatment Effects in an Ordered Potential Outcomes Model” (with J. L. Tobias). Advances in Econometrics, Volume 21: Modelling and Evaluating Treatment Effects in Econometrics (D. L. Millimet, J. A. Smith and E.
    Vytlacil, eds.), 57-91, 2008.
  • “Bayesian Proportional Hazard Analysis of the Timing of High School Dropout Decisions.” Econometric Reviews, 26(5), 529-556, 2007.
  • “Bayesian Analysis of Structural Effects in an Ordered Equation System” (with J. L. Tobias). Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, 10(4), 2006.
  • “Calculus Attainment and Grades Received in Intermediate Economic Theory” (with J. L. Tobias). Journal of Applied Econometrics, 21(6), 2006.
  • “High School Completion and Future Youth Unemployment: New Evidence from High School and Beyond.” Journal of Applied Econometrics, 21(1), 23-53, 2006.
  • ” Bayesian Modeling of School Effects Using Hierarchical Models with Smoothing Priors” (with J. L. Tobias). Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, 9(3), 2005.
  • “Do Dropouts Suffer from Dropping Out? Estimation and Prediction of Outcome Gains in Generalized Selection Models” (with D. J. Poirier and J. L. Tobias). Journal of Applied Econometrics, 19(2), 203-225, 2004.
  • “Returns to Schooling and Bayesian Model Averaging: A Union of Two Literatures” (with J. L. Tobias). Journal of Economic Surveys, 18(2), 153-180, 2004.
  • “A Finite-Sample Hierarchical Analysis of Wage Variation Across Public High Schools: Evidence from the NLSY and High School and Beyond” (with J. L. Tobias). Journal of Applied Econometrics, 18(3), 315-336, 2003.
  • “A Model-Combined Estimator of Elasticity of Scale.” Applied Economics Letters, 10(2), 119-122, 2003.
  • “A Semiparametric Investigation of the School Quality-Earnings Relationship” (with J. L. Tobias). Applied Economics Letters, 10(1), 43-45, 2003.