Guoer Liu

Ph.D. Candidate

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Scientific Computing at the University of Michigan. I will start as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in the fall of 2024. I study Chinese political institutions, focusing specifically on how interactions among the central and local governments affect policymaking, delegation strategies, and the collection and provision of official statistics. My dissertation project, ‘‘From Oversight to Overlook’’ investigates how political determinants distort the technology infrastructure and create seemingly credible but inaccurate information. My prior research examines institutions that incentivize truthful reporting of decidedly unfavorable information like workplace accidents and deaths in the Chinese bureaucracy. I have a separate strand of research in political methodology, with particular interest in causal inference, survey and field experiments.

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