USC Marshall China Research Group

The USC China Research Group aims to advance understanding of the business environment of China and its relation to the global economy and international relations. We conduct academic research, exchange information, and disseminate knowledge to the public and policymakers, leveraging expertise of faculty members in the Marshall School, across USC, and among other affiliated scholars. Among the issues we consider are how institutions such as political economy, law and social norm and culture shape the business environment, the organizations and operations of enterprises in China, and the relation between the Chinese business environment and American business. We aim to become a central intellectual hub for scholars, business leaders, and policymakers, and eventually to position USC as a central institution for the creation and discussion of knowledge concerning the Chinese business environment.

We are among the founding members of the “China Business Research Network” (CBRN) which aims to promote a deep understanding of China’s business environment and organizes events including seminars at times that are more friendly for the audience located in Asia. The workshop schedule of CBRN can be found here ( and the registration link is here (

Weekly Workshops

The USC Marshall China Research Group offers weekly research workshops available to all.

USC Marshall China Workshop 2022-2023 Fall Semester

Tuesdays 11am-12pm Pacific Time (unless otherwise indicated) **Hosted virtually on Zoom** Please register here.




Title of presentation

9/6/2022 (in person)

Zhiwu Chen

University of Hong Kong Business School

Quantitative History Program


Aaron Yoon

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Accounting

Local vs Foreign ESG Raters: Evidence from China


Kelvin Liu

D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Accounting Dept

Political Pressure and Firms' Resource Allocations

9/27/2022; 6pm Pacific Time

Hai Lu & Yue Zhang

Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, Accounting

AI Startups and VC Financing: Evidence from China


Jun Yang & Wei Wei

Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Finance

The role of the Communist Party of China in Non-SOE: Benefit and Cost

10/11/2022; 6pm Pacific

Guojun He

University of Hong Kong Business School

Market vs. Planning: Emission Abatement under Incomplete Information and with Local Externalities 


Bo Yang

USC Marshall School of Business

Protectionism, Global Supply Chains, and Domestic Lobbying: Evidence from the U.S.–China Trade War


 Xiongfei Li

USC Dornsife, Economics Department

The Unintended Impacts of the One-child Policy Relaxation in China on Female Labor Market Outcomes


The USC Marshall China Research Group hosts and cohosts major conferences every year. Below is information on our conferences.

2022 China Research Group Doctoral Symposium, April 22-23, 2022 on Zoom. Read Agenda here (PDF document).

Inaugural 2021 China Research Group Doctoral Symposium, April 23-24, 2021 on Zoom. Read Agenda here (PDF document).

The China Conference - Institutions, Markets and Firms, May 17-18, 2019 (sponsored by USC Marshall Institute for Outlier Research in Business)

Text Analysis for Asia and Beyond, January 11-12, 2019 (co-hosts and sponsors: USC Center for International Studies, USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture)

USC Marshall China Research Day, March 30-31, 2018 (sponsored by USC Marshall School of Business)


The USC Marshall China Research Group offers a variety of courses at the graduate level.

  • ACCT 574 Accounting and Corporate Governance in Global Business Environment (PDF document)

  • MOR 599 Winning in Emerging Markets

Contact us:

Nan Jia
T.J. Wong