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Adam Liu

Adam Liu

Ph.D. Candidate


Adam Y. Liu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, Stanford University. His research centers on how politics and political institutions affect economic outcomes. Along with his dissertation, his projects address the following questions: How does politics shape market structures? Why do contract-intensive markets develop without strong political institutions? Do political relations between nations still affect their economic ties in a globalized world? If so, when and how? Addressing these questions, he uses mixed methods, drawing extensively from fieldwork, archival materials, geospatial data, as well as experimental data. His primary geographical area of interest is China.

Adam’s research has been partially supported by the Mellon Foundation, Stanford Center for International Development, and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). He was a Larry Yung fellow and a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford Center at Peking University.