Hans H. Tung


Hans H. Tung is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty associate of the Center for Research in Econometric Theory and Applications at National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He has taught international political economy, political economy of authoritarianism, and Chinese politics at National Chengchi University, University of Vienna, and National Taiwan University. He is primarily interested in the formal and empirical analysis of the politics of economic policy-making in both authoritarian and democratic settings, and has authored and co-authored several articles in both academic journals and edited volumes. More specifically, one strand of his research seeks to uncover the political logic of institutional development under authoritarian regimes. His forthcoming book, Economic Growth and Endogenous Authoritarian Institutions in Post-Reform China (2019), develops a dynamic theory of authoritarian institutional change in the context of post-reform China. A second strand of his research explores more fundamentally individuals’ political-economic decision-making by utilizing advanced neuroscientific methods and data. One ongoing project investigates both behaviorally and neuroscientifically how individuals’ perceptions about the structure of inequality affect their levels of contributions in a public-goods game context. A third strand builds on the theoretical insights developed from other parts of his research to address various issues regarding how China’s rise on the world stage affects the regional dynamics in East Asia.

Ph.D Harvard

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

National Taiwan University

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Taipei 10617 Taiwan ROC

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“Whether for those disbelieving without a formal model or simply wishing for a delightfully coherent analysis of China’s precarious decision structure, particularly related to the topic issue of trade policy, Professor Tung’s book is a gratifying read.”

-Gary H. Jefferson, Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance, Department of Economics & International Business School, Brandeis University.

“It is rare for any book to address multiple theoretical puzzles simultaneously. Yet, Professor Tung’s book has done so with great finesse and rigor, and provides new theoretical insights on the impact of economic growth on authoritarian stability and dictators’ divide and conquer strategy. It is not to be missed by students of political economy and comparative politics.”

-Victor C. Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations/Associate Professor of Political Economy, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego, and author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation (2007).