Yueyuan Ma

Yueyuan Ma

Assistant Professor of Economics

UC Santa Barbara


I am Yueyuan Ma (马越原), an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

My research interests encompass macroeconomics, economic growth, innovation, and labor economics. Presently, I am engaged in two primary areas of study:

  1. Investigating the production and dissemination of knowledge and goods, exploring their interconnections and their effects on economic growth, market structure, and household welfare.
  2. Exploring entrepreneurship, business formation, and firm dynamics with the aim of fostering a deeper understanding of the relationship between households and firms.

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  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Growth
  • Innovation
  • Firm Dynamics
  • Labor Economics
  • Ph.D. in Economics, 2022

    University of Pennsylvania

  • M.A. in Economics, 2016

    Tsinghua University

  • B.A. in Economics; B.S. in Statistics, 2014

    Peking University

Working Papers

(2023). Technology Driven Market Concentration through Idea Allocation. Working Paper.

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(2022). Specialization in a Knowledge Economy. SSRN Working Paper (No. 4052990). R&R at Journal of Political Economy Macroeconomics.

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(2022). Information Disclosure and Marriage Quality: Evidence from Premarital Medical Exams. Working Paper.

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(2021). 'You Will:' A Macroeconomic Analysis of Digital Advertising. NBER Working Paper (No. 28537). Accepted at the Review of Economics Studies.

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(2020). Are Spousal Labor Supplies Substitutes? Evidence from the Workweek Reduction Policy in China. Journal of Development Economics, Volume 145, June 2020.

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(2017). Skill Complementarities and Returns to Higher Education: Evidence from the College Enrollment Expansion in China. China Economic Review, Volume 46, December 2017.

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Work in Progress

(2023). Are Potential Entrepreneurs Overconfident?.

(2023). Pre-Entry Uncertainty, Learning, and Business Formation.