Yu Zhu joined the University of Dundee as Chair Professor of Economics in September 2014. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics at the University of Oslo, he became a Research Economist at Statistics Norway prior to moving to the UK in 1994. He undertook a PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge which was awarded in 1998. Before coming to Dundee, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Labour Economics at the University of Kent. Prior to that, Yu Zhu has also been a Research Officer at Keele University and a Research Fellow at Warwick University.
His main research interests include the economics of education, labour economics broadly defined, and applied microeconometrics. He has been a Research Associate of the Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE) at the London School of Economics. He also has consulting experience with Futureskills Scotland, Department for Education (DfE), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Royal Society. He was an elected council member of the Scottish Economic Society (SES) and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Canberra, Australia. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Yu Zhu joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2018.

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IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15299
Forthcoming as a book chapter in the Springer Nature Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14825
Fengyan Dai, Lei Xu, Yu Zhu
published in: China Economic Review, 2022, 71, 101732 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2021.101732)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14512
published in: Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, 2021, 190, 768-784.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14310
published in: Journal of Business Research, 2021, 135, 543-558.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13868
Yanqiao Zheng, Xiaoqi Zhang, Yu Zhu
published in: China Economic Review, 2021, 66 (1), 101584. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043951X2100002X?via%3Dihub
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12954
Bin Huang, Yu Zhu
revised version published as: 'Huang, B., Tani, M., Wei, Y. & Y. Zhu: Returns to Education in China: Evidence from the Great Higher Education Expansion' in: China Economic Review, 2022, 74, 101804.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12897
Bin Huang, Xiaoyan He, Lei Xu, Yu Zhu
published in: Journal of Housing Economics, 2020, 50, 101730 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1051137720300668
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12071
Lili Kang, Fei Peng, Yu Zhu
published in: Studies in Higher Education. Published online 11 Dec 2019 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1698538)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11735
Fengyan Dai, Fang Cai, Yu Zhu
short version published in: Applied Economics Letters, Published online:12 Jan 2021, https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2020.1871465
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10536
published in: Labour Economics, 2018, 53, 230-249
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