0 Yang Zheng
 Yang Zheng

Yang Zheng

PhD candidate in Environmental Economics

Department of Geography and Environment

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Environmental Economics, Climate Policy, Green Innovation, FDI

About me

Yang is a PhD student in Environmental Economics. His research is mainly focused on climate policy and technological change. More specifically, he is particularly interested in: (1) how climate policies help achieve emission targets and induce innovation, and what unintended impacts should be taken into account when designing and evaluating climate policies (such as technology spillover and carbon leakage); (2) how clean technologies can be diffused to facilitate the green economy; (3) how FDI contributes to local green upgrading and innovation, and what role is played by green industrial policies during the local green transition. Ultimately, his research goal is to better understand how sustainable development can be achieved in a pragmatic way, especially for developing economies.

Yang holds an MSc in Economics from Wuhan University, and a BA in Economics from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China. He has taught environmental economics at the undergraduate level at LSE and web scraping as a guest teacher at Duke Kunshan University. He serves as a reviewer for economics and environmental journals including China Economic Review, and Climate Policy.

Research interests

- Climate policy and its spillover/carbon leakage effect
- Green innovation and technology diffusion
- Foreign direct investment and green transition
- Green industrial policy

LSE PhD Studentship


  • "The Effectiveness of China’s Regional Carbon Market Pilots in Reducing Firm Emissions” (with Jingbo Cui, Chunhua Wang, Junjie Zhang). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118(52), 2021. Read paper
  • "Carbon Pricing Induces Innovation: Evidence from China's Regional Carbon Market Pilots." (with Jingbo Cui and Junjie Zhang). AEA Papers and Proceedings. Vol. 108. 2018. Read paper

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