Eli Friedman Just-in-Time Urbanization? Managing Migration, Citizenship, and Schooling in the Chinese City Critical Sociology Shanjun Li Better Lucky than Rich? Welfare Analysis of Vehicle License Allocations in Beijing and Shanghai Review of Economic Studies KEY PUBLICATIONS 6 Weiss is leading a team that received funding from the inaugural round of the Cornell China Center Innovation Grants ($35,000). Friedman received a grant from the Cornell East Asia Program on “Technology and Work in China.” ($17,500). NEW FUNDING The China’s Cities project, led by Jeremy Wallace (Government), investigates developments in China’s urbanization. Our research has two emphases: first, on the divisions inside and across Chinese cities and facing their residents, and second, the government’s plethora of plans to manage the growth of urban people and space. Our multi-disciplinary team uses a range of methodologies, including ethnography, large-scale administrative data, satellite imagery, surveys, and experimental methods. In 2018-19, the China’s Cities team completed year three of its collaborative project. We held our capstone lecture on March 22, 2019. After being introduced by Associate Vice Provost for the Social Sciences, Chris Wildeman, and ISS Director Dan Lichter, each team member presented various subprojects and described future research trajectories to the fifty people in attendance. The project’s publications list include over 20 articles, and many more are on the way. In 2018-19 in particular, Eli Friedman published “Just-in-Time Urbanization” in Critical Sociology, which argues that large Chinese cities have, like Toyota’s just-in-time production system, sought to avoid the costs of “warehousing” surplus populations, granting access to local citizenship and public education for migrants and their children only if they fulfill a specific need in the labor market. The article also represents the core of Friedman’s current book project, which has seen significant progress in the current academic year. In early 2019, a major investment of the grant support finally came through to produce returns. The project fundedasurveyexperimentonanationally-representative urban sample of over 3,000 individuals in China’s cities, and the results of that survey came in, a bit later than expected, in January 2019. Wallace and Jessica Weiss, joined by Government Ph.D. candidate Lincoln Hines, are in the midst of analyzing the data and reporting on the results via multiple journal articles. Weiss also is leading a team funded by the Cornell China Center to analyze survey and discourse data on public opinion in urban China. Shanjun Li’s research on China’s automotive sector continued to bear fruit as well, with publications in Comprised of five Cornell social science faculty members, collaborative projects conduct research on cutting-edge social science issues or topics. Priority is given to “shovel ready” projects that build bridges between researchers across the university. PROJECTS COLLABORATIVE 2016 - 2019 CHINA’S CITIES: DIVISIONS AND PLANS Review of Economic Studies and Journal of Marketing Research, along with a submission of a joint paper with Panle Barwick, Wallace, and Weiss connecting urban anti-Japanese protests, nationalism, and automobile boycotts to a top political science journal. A working paper by Barwick and Li using their massive credit card data analyzing the morbidity cost of air pollution received public attention through a piece published at VoxEU and VoxDev in September 2018 and January 2019, respectively. As the team finishes its funded term, we continue to develop our research projects on China’s cities. In addition to the projects mentioned above, Li and Wallace are moving forward on two papers related to the political economy of China’s secondary market for cars and air pollution standards, Wallace and Government PhD student Shiqi Ma are analyzing Beijing’s 2017 slum demolition, and Barwick and Li are working on numerous big data papers related to Chinese industrial policy, air pollution’s health effects, and transportation infrastructure.