Kun Gu

Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.A. and B.A. in economics, Tsinghua University


Kun Gu is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research interest lies in international development with a particular focus on economics, global health, agriculture, and environment and enregy.

Recent work includes sustainable agriculture development in China; the future of mobility in China from the perspective of demographics, economics, energy, and transportation supply and constraints; agglomeration externality of special economic development zones in Indonesia; and the impact of better midwife service in rural areas of Nigera. Gu utilizes both experimental and non-experimental research methods in her work.

Gu graduated from Tsinghua University with a B.A. and a M.A. in economics. Prior to coming to Pardee RAND, she was a member of the China Center for Political Economy and worked as a research assistant at Center for Chinese Enterprise Development Research. She worked on projects involving resource management, agriculture and food security, energy and the environment, and technology innovation for renewable energy. She is fluent in Mandarin and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

Selected Publications

Ecola, L., Zmud, J., Gu, K., Phleps, P., Feige, I., "Future Travel Demand in China: Scenarios for Year 2030," Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2581), 2016

Exley, J., Pitchforth, E., Okeke, E. N., Glick, P., Abubakar, I. S., Chari, A., Bashir, U., Gu, K., and Onwujekwe, O., "Persistent Barriers to Care. A Qualitative Study to Understand Women's Experiences in Areas Served by the Midwifery Service Scheme, Nigeria," BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1):232, 2016

Okeke, E. N., Glick, P., Chari, A., Abubakar, I. S., Pitchforth, E., Exley, J., Bashir, U., Gu, K., and Onwujekwe, O., "The Effect of Increasing the Supply of Skilled Health Providers on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Midwives Service Scheme in Nigeria," BMC Health Services Research, 16(1):425, 2016

Hamilton, L. S. (1968- ), Martorell, F., Burkhauser, S., Heaton, P., Pierson, A., Baird, M., Vuollo, M., Li, J. J., Lavery, D. C., Harvey, M., Gu, K., Preparing Principals to Raise Student Achievement, RAND Corporation (RR-507-NL), 2014

Liu, H., Hunter, L., Gu, K., Newberry, S. J., The Role of Health Care Transformation for the Chinese Dream, RAND Corporation (RR-600-AETNA), 2014

Gu, K., "From World Food Crisis to Chinese Food Security Policies," On the Land System Reform of China international symposium thesis book, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld Dissertation Award (2016), PRGS
  • Award for Global Human Progress (2014), PRGS
  • Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance (2010), awarded to Top 5%, Tsinghua University