Yuanshuo Xu

Yuanshuo Xu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at AAP. He is interested in the process of urban and regional restructuring and spatial transformations from a political economic perspective. His publications have explored the impacts of decentralization on local fiscal stress, economic growth, and regional inequality across counties in the U.S. Xu is also interested in China's state rescaling and urban transitions, focusing local fiscal, land use, and development policy. Xu has specialties in GIS and spatial modeling. Before coming to Cornell, he interned at China's local governments on land use planning in Anhui Province and Jiangsu Province. He also worked as a GIS analyst in the Program of Applied Demographics at Cornell. He holds a B.E. on land resource management from China University of Mining and Technology, and an M.R.P. from Cornell University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Economic development planning and public finance
  • Urban and regional governance
  • GIS and spatial modeling

Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 3210 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Analysis of Public PolicyThis course introduces students to the principles of quantitative policy analysis. We consider core modeling tools used by planners and policy analysts to identify optimal choices in the face of interdependent alternatives, limited resources, and uncertainties. The models to be discussed are of the analytical, quantitative category, including decision trees, difference equations, linear programming, and benefit-cost analysis. Effectiveness in structuring complex problems and in reducing the complexity of a problem is the unifying theme in this wide array of tools. The course emphasizes the application to planning and public policy decision making. To that end, the lectures balance theoretical concepts, real-world applications, and computer simulations.
  • CRP 4080 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way we manage, analyze, and present spatial information. This course focuses on GIS in the social sciences. Many of the exercises and examples are based on planning issues, but the concepts can be applied to many other disciplines such as government, economics, natural resources, and sociology. Some of the issues covered include fundamentals of spatial analysis; overview of GIS technology and applications; designing a GIS project; gathering and analyzing data; and creating thematic maps.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • C.V. Starr Fellowship for East Asia Program, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University (2017)
  • Research Travel Grant for the Institute for the Social Science (China's Cities: Divisions and Plans), Cornell University (2017)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Growth and Shrinkage in Urbanized China: Land-Based Urban Development in a Multilevel System," Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Denver (2017)
  • "Killing the Growth Machine? Spatially Varied Impacts of Fiscal Decentralization on Local Growth in U.S. counties," Annual Conference of American Association of Geographers, San Francisco (2016)
  • "China's Non-Coordinated Urbanization: Ghost Cities and The Institutional Incentive Problems," Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland (2016)

Publications (Selected)

  • Wen, Christine, Yuanshuo Xu, Yunji Kim, and Mildred E. Warner. "Starving Counties, Squeezing Cities: Tax and Expenditure Limits in the US." Journal of Economic Policy Reform (Forthcoming).
  • Warner, Mildred E., Yuanshuo Xu, and Lydia J. Morken. "What Explains Differences in Availability of Community Health-Related Services for Seniors in the United States?" Journal of Aging and Health 29, no. 7 (2016), 1160-1181.
  • Xu, Yuanshuo, and Mildred E. Warner. "Does devolution crowd out development? A spatial analysis of US local government fiscal effort." Environment and Planning A 48, no. 5 (2015), 871-890.
  • Xu, Y., and M. E. Warner. "Understanding employment growth in the recession: the geographic diversity of state rescaling." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 8, no. 2 (2015), 359-377.