Hui Zhou

Hui Zhou

PhD in Applied Economics

Cornell University

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island. My research focuses on understanding the effectiveness and efficiency of environmental policies in the transportation sector.


  • Environmental economics
  • Transportation economics
  • Urban economics
  • Trade


  • PhD in Applied Economics, 2023

    Cornell University

  • PhD in Engineering Economics, 2006

    Hohai University

  • BE in Harbor and Coastal Engineering, 2001

    Hohai University

Selective Publications

(2022). The role of government in the market for electric vehicles: Evidence from China. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 41(2).


(2021). Environmental Protection or Environmental Protectionism? Evidence from Tail Pipe Emission Standards in China. AEA Papers and Proceedings, 111.


Work in Progress

“Political connections and environmental investments: Evidence from private enterprises in China” (with Aizhen Chen and Dong Chen)

“Climate change and firms’ entry and exit” (with Shanjun Li and Ivan Rudik)


Instructor at URI

  • EEC105: Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics (undergraduate), 2023

Teaching Assistant at Cornell

  • Empirical Methods for Applied Economists (graduate), 2021
  • Applied Econometrics (graduate), 2018
  • Strategic Pricing, 2019
  • R for Business Analytics, 2022
  • Environmental and Resource Economics, 2019/2020
  • An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources, 2020/2021

Teaching Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management), 2022
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), 2020