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Franklin Qian

Assistant Professor of Finance


McColl Building 4415, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599

The research and teaching interests of Franklin Qian are urban and labor economics, real estate finance and corporate finance.

Dr. Qian has studied the microstructure of the U.S. housing market using data from millions of bargaining interactions; management practices and firm productivity using employer-employee matched surveys in China; and the effects of a health shock on household income mobility in China.

His current research examines initial public offerings and expectations in the housing market; consequences of San Francisco’s rent control expansion; and the effects of firm entry on communities, neighborhoods, and their residents.

His paper “The Effects of High-skilled Firm Entry on Incumbent Residents” won an honorable mention for the Best Student Paper at the 2020 Urban Economics Association meeting.

Dr. Qian’s research has been published in the American Economic Review and AEA Papers and Proceedings. He is a referee for the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of the European Economics Association and Journal of Urban Economics.

He received his PhD in economics from Stanford University. He earned his BS in physics and mathematics, summa cum laude, from Duke University