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  • Dorien Emmers

    Dorien Emmers

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Economics

    BioDorien is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions. She previously studied Sinology and Economics at KU Leuven. She considers her background in the non-disciplinary-specific study of the Chinese language and area as a perfect complement of the non-area-specific discipline of economics. She obtained a Doctoral Degree in Economics from LICOS — Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. She wrote her PhD thesis on "The Experimental Economics of Parenting: Evidence from Rural China." After completing her PhD degree in early 2021, she held a position as an associate researcher and lecturer at the KU Leuven Chinese Studies Unit. Her research interests center around the economics of human capital formation and social mobility. She’s involved in the design and evaluation of field experiments evaluating the effectiveness and mechanisms of early childhood interventions in rural China.