Selected Publications

Can social scientists use molecular genetic data to explain individual differences and inform public policy? (with Steven F. Lehrer) chapter 9 in Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research: Theory and Practice, edited by Gigi Foster, Elsevier Press, February 2019, 225-265.

Understanding how Postsecondary Student Choices Relate to Skills Shortage in Canada’s ICT Sector (with Steven F. Lehrer) Canadian Public Policy Volume 44 Issue s1, December 2018, S30-S42.

Are genetic markers of interest for economic research? (with Steven F. Lehrer), IZA Journal of Labor Policy, April 2017. Open access at

Fertility Patterns and Household Finance in China, Chapter 13 in Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China, David Goodman and Xiaowei Zhang (eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 204-219.

When a Son is Born: The Impact of Fertility Patterns on Family Finance in Rural China (with Yuan Zhang), China Economic Review, 2014, vol. 30, issue C, pages 192-208.

Accounting for Time-Varying Unobserved Ability Heterogeneity within Education Production Functions (with Steven Lehrer), Economics of Education Review Vol. 40, No. 1, June 2014, 55–75.

Experimental Estimates of the Impacts of Class Size on Test Scores: Robustness and Heterogeneity (with Steven Lehrer), Education Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3, July 2011, 229-252 (lead article).

Estimating Treatment Effects from Contaminated Multi-Period Education Experiments: The Dynamic Impacts of Class Size Reductions (with Steven Lehrer), The Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 92, Issue 1, February 2010, pp. 31-42.

The Impact of Poor Health on Academic Performance: New Evidence Using Genetic Markers (with S. Lehrer, J.N. Rosenquist & J. Audrain-McGovern), Journal of Health Economics, May 2009, Vol. 28, No. 3, Pages 578-597.

Do Peers Affect Student Achievement in China’s Secondary Schools? (with Steven Lehrer), The Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2007, Vol. 89, No. 2, Pages 300-312.

Further publications are listed in her CV and available for download off Prof. Ding’s personal website.

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