Hans H. Tung


Hans H. Tung is an associate 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 is a non-resident research fellow at the V-Dem Regional Center for East Asia hosted by Keio University, and serves on the advisory board of the Cambridge University Press book series on Taiwan Studies. Currently, he is also an Executive Committee member of the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences under Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology. 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 both formal and empirical analyses 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 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

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

National Taiwan University

1 Sec. 4 Roosevelt Rd.

Social Sciences Building 745

Taipei 10617 Taiwan ROC

Phone:  886233668402

Fax: 886223653433



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China Elites Expert Survey

The purpose of this survey is to establish a complete list of experts on contemporary Chinese politics. We plan to use this list to draw a random sample of experts to be interviewed in more depth in the second stage of this research... (Link)

  1. Bullet [Research Article] National Identity Predicts Public Health Support during a Global Pandemic. (with Jay J. Van Bavel, NYU, Charles Crabtree, Dartmouth, Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth, Ming-Jen Lin, NTU, et al.). (R&R).

  2. Bullet [Research Article] Citizen Journalism and Credibility of Authoritarian Government in Risk Communication Regarding the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak: A Survey Experiment. (with Greg Sheen, NYUAD and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica) NYU Abu Dhabi Working Paper #40. (Submitted and Under Review).

  3. Bullet[Research Article] Ambiguity and Self-Protection: Evidence from Social Distancing under the COVID-19 Pandemic. (with Daiki Kishishita, Tokyo University of Science and Charlotte Wang, Columbia) (Submitted and Under Review)

  4. Bullet[Research Article]  Political Ideology Predicts Preventative Behaviors and Infections amid COVID-19. (with Teng-Jen Chang, OSU and Ming-Jen Lin, NTU) (Submitted and Under Review)

  5. Bullet [Op-Ed] Tokyo can learn from Taipei’s Virus Tactics. (with Yuko Kasuya, Keio) Nikkei Asian Review May 4, 2020. (Web version; Recommended: Prof. Kasuya’s expanded essay in Japanese.)

  6. Bullet [Global Dataset] Democracy and Freedom During COVID-19 (Version 1.0) V-Dem Institute. (Online Dashboard; Policy Brief, Updated Version, October Version, December Version)

  7. Bullet[Global Dataset] COVID-19 International Collaboration on Social & Moral Psychology.

  8. Bullet[Blog Post] Taiwan’s Political Landscape and COVID-related Conspiracy Theories. (Chinese). MOST Project: “Reflections on COVID-19 from Humanities and Social Sciences.”

  9. Bullet[Blog Post] Pick a Quarrel? Citizen Journalism under Authoritarian Regimes and Risk Communication amid COVID-19. (Chinese). MOST Project: “Reflections on COVID-19 from Humanities and Social Sciences.”

  10. Bullet[Blog Post] Transparency and Anti-COVID Policy Effectiveness. (Chinese, with Greg Sheen, NYUAD and Wen-chin Wu*, Academic Sinica). Reflections on COVID-19 from Humanities and Social Sciences. Academia Sinica.

  11. Bullet [Work in Progress] “Preferences for COVID-19 Vaccination: A Cross-National Investigation.” (with Greg Sheen, NYUAD, Joan Barcelo Soler, NYUAD, and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica).

  12. Bullet[Work in Progress] WHO Approves? International Organization and Credibility of China’s COVID-19 Vaccines. (with Greg Sheen, NYUAD, Jian-hui Wu, Academic Sinica and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica).

  13. Bullet[Work in Progress] Pandemic Backsliding and Preventative Behaviors amid COVID-19. (with ByeongHwa Choi, Dongguk).

  14. Bullet [Work in Progress] The Political Economy of China’s Local Economic Stimulus amid COVID-19: Consumption Coupons/Vouchers in Focus. (with Jean Hong, HKUST)

More to come...

COVID-19 Research Section

Hong Kong Research Section

  1. Bullet [Special Issue Editorship] A Special Issue on Hong Kong’s Anti-ELAB Movement. (with Yuko Kasuya, Keio) (Submitted and Under Review)

  2. Bullet[Research Article] Anti-ELAB Movement, National Security Law, and Heterogenous Institutional Trust in Hong Kong. (with Ming-Jen Lin, NTU and Yi-fan Lin, NTU) (Submitted and Under Review)

  3. Bullet [Work in Progress] Preferences for Government Concessions amid Protests and Repression: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong’s Anti-ELAB Movement and National Security Law. (with with Daiki Kishishita, Tokyo University of Science and Ming-Jen Lin, NTU). To be presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of American Economic Association.

  4. Bullet[Work in Progress] On the Same Boat? Hong Kong’s Piblic Attitudes towards Taiwan during the Anti-ELAB Movement. (with Ming-Jen Lin, NTU and Yi-fan Lin, NTU)

More to come...