​I am an associate professor at the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin. My research centers on distributive politics of fiscal policies in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on China. I am currently working on several research projects that focus on fiscal extraction and their roles in state-society relations and party building. I have published in numerous leading academic journals, and I have been recognized for both research and teaching awards.  I received Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2011.

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    Xiaobo Lü

    Associate Professor


    Department of Government
    University of Texas at Austin

    Expected Return for Taxation: Do Elites Differ from Nonelites? (with Didac Queralt and Jay C. Kao)

    Do “Responsive Officials” or “Sanctioning Officials” Enhance Tax Compliance? Experimental Evidence from China (with Lily Tsai, Minh Trinh, and Ping Zhang)

    Not Just About the Money: Taxation, Local Elites, and State Capacity (with Mingxing Liu and Linke Hou)


    Land Taking, Windfall Revenue, and Social Unrest: Evidence from China (with Lynette Ong and Wenhui Yang)


    ​The End of (Economic) Performance Legitimacy in China? (with Ding Li and Shuang Ma)


    Refereed Journals

    (2020) "Policy Coalition Building in an Authoritarian Legislature:  Evidence from China’s National Assemblies (1983–2007)" (with Mingxing Liu and Feiyue Li) Comparative Political Studies, 53(9): 1380-1416

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    (2019) “The Sources of De Facto Power and Education Provision: Understanding Local Government Incentive in China” (with Mingxing Liu) Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 49 (2): 325-51.

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    (2018) “Does Performance Matter? Evaluating the Institution of Political Selection along the Chinese Administrative Ladder” (with Pierre Landry and Haiyan Duan) Comparative Political Studies, 51(8): 1074 – 1105.

    ​Paper | Online Appendix | Replication Data

    (2016) “Self-Centered Inequity Aversion and the Mass Politics of Taxation” (with Kenneth Scheve) Comparative Political Studies, 49 (14): 1965-97.

    ​Paper | Online Appendix | Replication Data

    (2015) “Intergovernmental Transfers and Local Education Provision – Evaluating China’s 8-7 National Plan for Poverty Reduction” China Economics Review, 33: 200-211.

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    (2014) “Show Me the Money: Interjurisdiction Political Competition and Fiscal Extraction in China” (with Pierre Landry) American Political Science Review, 108(3): 706-722.

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    (2014) “Social Policy and Regime Legitimacy: The Effects of Education Reform in China” American Political Science Review, 108(2): 423-437.

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    (2014) “Does Changing Economic Well-being Shape Opinion about Inequality in China?” Studies in Comparative International Development, 49(3): 300-320.


    (2013) “Equality of Educational Opportunity and Attitudes toward Income Inequality: Evidence from China” Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 8(3): 271-303.

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    (2012) “Inequity Aversion and the International Distribution of Trade Protection” (with Kenneth Scheve and Matthew J. Slaughter). American Journal of Political Science, 56(3): 638-654.​

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    Refereed Book Chapter

    (2015) “China: Ethical Challenges in Comparative Politics Experiments.” In Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals, ed. Scott Desposato. London: Routledge.


    Book Review

    (2019) Book Review, Daniel Koss. Where the Party Rules: The Rank and File of China’s Communist State. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), The China Journal, 82 (July): 151-153.


    (2017) Book review, Rory Truex. Making autocracy work: representation and responsiveness in modern China. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016), The China Quarterly, 232 (December): 1118-1119.


    (2012) Book review, Andrew B. Kipnis. Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), Comparative Political Studies, 45(5): 667-670.


    University of Texas at Austin


    Comparative Political Economy



    Politics in Contemporary China

    State Building in China and Taiwan

    Chinese Politics & Society in Films & Documentaries

    Politics of Development Policies

    Institutions and Comparative Political & Economic Development



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