Hao Li

Professor of Economics, University of Toronto

Hao Li was born in China in the middle of the Cultural Revolution. He went to Beijing University and studied Engineering Mechanics. After the June 4th, 1989 Incident, he left China for graduate studies at the University of Chicago and earned his PhD in economics in 1995. His first academic position started in 1996 at the University of Hong Kong, a year before the city reverted to Chinese sovereignty.

Three years later he left Hong Kong and went back to North America. After spending one year at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Hao Li joined the University of Toronto on the other side of the Niagara Falls. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, before he spent a year as a Hoover National Fellow at Stanford University. In 2004 he was promoted to Full Professor, before he spent another year at Queen's University. He has been at University of Toronto since 2005, except for a half-year sabbatical in the fall of 2007 at University of Southern California.

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CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey