I am Assistant Professor at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. I obtained my PhD in Economics from the LSE.

My research focuses on the selection, recruitment and allocation of talent in private and public sector organizations.

Fields: Development, Political Economy and Organizational Economics

Contact information: 
Email: guoxu@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: +1 - 510 - 664 5064
Mailing: Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2220 Piedmond Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

[Curriculum Vitae] [Google Scholar] [Twitter]

The Glittering Prizes: Career Incentives and Bureaucrat Performance (Data) [+] - with Marianne Bertrand, Robin Burgess and Arunish Chawla, Review of Economic Studies, 2020 - Covered on ThePrint

The Colonial Origins of Fiscal Capacity: Evidence from Patronage Governors (Data) [+], Journal of Comparative Economics, 2019

The Costs of Patronage: Evidence from the British Empire (Appendix) (Data) [+] American Economic Review, 2018, Covered on VoxDev, the World Bank Development Impact Blog, the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics and the IGC Blog, awarded the John Hicks Prize

Rewarding Schooling Success and Perceived Returns to Education: Evidence from India [+] - with Sandra Sequeira and Johannes Spinnewijn, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2016

Work in progress
Patronage for Productivity: Selection and Performance in the Age of Sail [+] - with Joachim Voth, 2020
Covered on VoxEU, Der Standard

The Costs of Employment Segregation: Evidence from the Federal Government under Wilson [+] - with Abhay Aneja, NBER Working Paper No. 27798, 2020

Bureaucratic Representation and State Responsiveness: the 1918 Pandemic in India [+] - 2020
Covered on Quartz, ThePrint

Organization of the State: Home Assignment and Bureaucrat Performance [+] - with Marianne Bertrand and Robin Burgess [Updated 10/2020] Covered on ThePrint

A Glimpse of Freedom: Allied Occupation and Political Resistance in East Germany [+] - with Luis Martinez and Jonas Jessen, 2020, Covered on Marginal Revolution

Encouraging Others: Punishment and Performance in the Royal Navy [+] - with Joachim Voth, 2020

Confidence Men? Gender and Confidence: Evidence among Top Economists - with Heather Sarsons, 2016
Covered on LSE Impact Blog, Politics and Policy, and USAPP

How Does Collective Reputation Affect Hiring? Selection and Sorting in an Online Labour Market [+] - STICERD EOPP Discussion Paper Series 54, 2015

Publications (Pre-PhD) [+]

Policy papers [+]