Jiarui Qian (Jerry) is a second year master student at Harris School of Public Policy. Before coming to the U.S., he studied Agricultural Economics in China. Now he is working with Dr. Shaoda Wang as a Bartlett Fellow on a project evaluating the impact of legal independence reform on local economic propensity in China. His main responsibilities include literature review, cleaning and analyzing large datasets of Chinese firms and civil judgments.

“During my college years, I have been involved in more than 10 field studies in seven provinces in China, speaking to over 150 interviewees including farmers, village officials, and entrepreneurs in agricultural industries, etc. From that time, I was fascinated by the beauty of development and I wish I could dig deeper in this area and strengthen my research skills at EPIC.”

Jiarui also holds a MicroMasters Certificate in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, which is co-organized by MIT Department of Economics and J-PAL. He plans to pursue a PhD degree and research Development Economics & Political Economy in the future.