Yuan Zi

University of Oslo

Yuan Zi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo, a senior researcher at University of Zurich and a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Her research interests include international trade, economic geography and economic development, with a special focus on global value chains, trade and labor market interactions and firms in international trade.

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Jan 1, 2020
Yuan Zi

Trade costs, global value chains and economic development

This paper develops a model to study the impact of trade costs on developing countries’ industrialization when sequential production is networked in global value chains (GVCs). In a two-country setting, a decrease in trade costs of intermediates is associated with South joining and moving up the v...


Jan 1, 2019
Inga Heiland, Andreas Moxnes, Karen-Helene Ulltveit-Moe, Yuan Zi

Trade From Space: Shipping Networks and The Global Implications of Local Shocks

This paper examines the structure of the shipping network and its implications on global trade and welfare. Using novel data on the movements of container ships, we calculate optimal travel routes. We then estimate the impact of a shock to the network on global trade by means of a natural experiment...


Jan 1, 2017
Aksel Erbahar, Yuan Zi

Cascading trade protection: Evidence from the US

In a world with increasingly integrated global supply chains, trade policy targeting upstream products has unintended consequences on their downstream industries. In this paper, we examine whether protection granted to intermediate manufacturers leads to petition for protection by their downstream u...


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