The overarching theme of my research concerns immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income populations. My dissertation examines the relationship between local immigrant populations and regional resilience and the recent immigrant integration programs in Rust Belt cities. I also study the adoption dynamics behind the latest wave of local immigrant integration initiatives. Another stream of my research focuses on the changing geography of poverty and its implications for regional governance. My research also covers the economic well-being of specific demographic groups, particularly around their labor market and housing market outcomes.


Huang, X. and Liu, C. Y. (2018). Welcoming Cities: Immigration Policies at the Local Government LevelUrban Affairs Review, 54(1), 3-32.

Pathak, R., Wyczalkowski, C., and Huang, X. (2017). Public Transportation Access and the Spatial Distribution of Poverty. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 66, 198-212.

Liu, C. Y. and Huang, X. (2016). The Rise of Urban Entrepreneurs in China: Capital Endowments and Entry Dynamics. Growth and Change, 47(1), 32-52.