Lei Zhang was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is currently an associate professor of economics at the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Her primary research area is public economics, with a special interest in the economics of education. Her research in that area focuses on how policies affect individuals’ educational achievement and economic outcome and the aggregate economic performance, including economic growth and income distribution. Her current research addresses two important issues related to contemporary China’s educational policies. One line studies the impacts of the higher education expansion started in the late 1990s; the other line studies the urban-rural disparity in educational achievement and labor market outcome.
She received her PhD in economics from Stanford University and BA in economics from Beijing University. She was an assistant professor of economics at Clemson University and a 2007–8 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell Nation Fellow and John Stauffer National Fellow in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.