Associate Professor Kailing Shen

Kailing Shen


Research School of Economics

Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 53903
Room 2090, LF Crisp Bld (26)
Research areas

Information technology and the labour market; Economics of education; Labour economics; Unemployment insurance; Income inequality and discrimination in labour markets.


Kailing Shen is Associate Professor of Economics.  Her research focuses on empirical or policy-related labor market issues. Examples include, but are not limited to, effects of information technology on labour market, unemployment insurance, job search and matching behavior, discrimination, gender differentials, income inequality, higher education, migration, marriage and intergenerational relationship. Kailing’s research is published in a number of leading economics journals including Journal of Labor EconomicsJournal of Comparative EconomicsJournal of Human Resources, Journal of Development Economics and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

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Research publications

1. Kuhn, Peter J., Kailing Shen, 2013. Gender discrimination in job ads: Evidence from China. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 128(1) 287–336.

2. Kuhn, Peter J., Kailing Shen, 2022. What happens when employers can no longer discriminate in job ads? American Economic Review (revised and resubmitted)

3. Helleseter, Miguel Delgado, Peter J. Kuhn, Kailing Shen, 2020. The age twist in employers’ gender requests: Evidence from four job boards. Journal of Human Resources 55(2) 428–469.

4. Kuhn, Peter J., Kailing Shen, Shuo Zhang, 2020. Gender-targeted job ads in the recruitment process: Facts from a Chinese job board. Journal of Development Economics 147 102531.

5. Kuhn, Peter J., Kailing Shen, 2015. Do Employers Prefer Migrant Workers? Evidence from a Chinese job board. IZA Journal of Labor Economics 4(1) 1–31.

6. Meng, Xin, Shen Kailing, Xue Sen, 2013. Economic reform, education expansion, and earnings inequality for urban males in China, 1988-2009. Journal of Comparative Economics 41(1) 227–244.

7. Shen, Kailing, Peter J. Kuhn, 2013. Do Chinese employers avoid hiring overqualified workers? Evidence from an internet job board. in Corrado Giulietti, Konstantinos Tatsiramos and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.) Research in Labor Economics 37 Labor Market Issues in China, Emerald.

8. Bodvarsson, Orn B., Jack W. Hou, Kailing Shen, 2016. Aging and migration: Micro and macro evidence from China. Frontiers of Economics in China 11(4) 548–580.

9. Shen, Kailing, Bledi Taska, 2020. Measuring the impacts of COVID-19 on job postings in Australia using a reweighting-estimation-transformation approach. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, COVID-19 Special Issue 23(2) 153–172.

10. Shen, Kailing, 2022. Gender discrimination. In Zimmermann K.F. (eds) Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer, Cham.

Research grants and awards

2017-2018:            “Self-Sorting or Enforcement? Disentangling the Roles of Job Seekers and Employers in Gender Segregation using Field Experiments,” ANU College of Business and Economics, Research Committee Grant, AUD$10,000.

2015-2016:            “Elite University Graduates’ Job Search Advantages and the Heterogeneity of Application Profiles: Evidence from Online Job Board,” ANU College of Business and Economics, Research School Grant, AUD$13,000.

2013-2015:            “Impacts of Hukou, Education and Wage on Job Search and Match: Evidence Based on Online Job Board Microdata, ” National Natural Science Foundation of China, (Grant No. 71203188, RMB$190,000 from NSF China and RMB$95,000 support fund from WISE/Xiamen University).

2009-2010:            Research Start-up Fund, Xiamen University (RMB$25,000).

2008-2010:            “Advertising for Jobs when Age and Gender Discrimination is Legal: Evidence from a Chinese Internet Job Board, ” Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (ISBER), UC Santa Barbara, (with Peter J. Kuhn) ($6000).

2006-2009:            Research Start-up Fund, Xiamen University (RMB$100,000).



a. Courses Taught  (*best teaching award)


Applied Micro Econometrics, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013, 2014, 2016-2018;

Labor Economics, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013*, 2014, 2016-2018;

Microeconomics II, 2008; Microeconomics I, 2006, 2011;

Intermediate Microeconomics 2006; Introductory Game Theory 2006;

Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development, 2015.


Labor Economics 2014, 2016-2018;

Applied Micro Econometrics 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012*, 2013, 2016-2018;

Microeconomics II 2006, 2007, 2008;

Research Methodology, 2007;

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, 2007.

b. Students supervised (name and year of entrance)


David Tian, Tunye Qiu, 2018; Michael Lv, 2017.


Tianyu Fu, Anqi Chen, 2017;Yushi Yang, Yang Zhang, 2016; Luping Zeng, 2015; Yang Yang, Yujia Peng,Chunnan Chen, 2012; Yang Li, Dan Liu, Fan Pan, Yue Chen, 2011; Jianhui Zhu, 2008; Zhenqing Zhang, Sen Xue, 2007; Jing Xie, 2006.

PhD or above:

Xingjie Shi, 2016; Dan Liu, 2016; Xiang Gao, 2009; Shangyi Mao, 2007; Zhong Wang (Post-doc), 2007; Guochang Zhao, Bo Zhou, 2006.