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Dr Kai Sun

Economics & Strategy Group

Dr Kai Sun

Position: Lecturer in Economics 
Email: k.sun@aston.ac.uk
Phone:+44(0)121 204 3162
Room: SW910
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Ph.D., Applied Econometrics, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA, 2011
MA, Economics, State University of New York, 2008
BA, Finance and Investments, University  of Shanghai for Science and Technology, 2006

Lecturer in Economics, Aston Business School, 2011 - Present
Graduate Instructor, State University of New York, Binghampton, USA, 2010
Teaching Assistant, State University of New York, Binghampton, USA, 2008 - 2010

  • BS2220, Introduction to Econometrics
  • BS2241, Principles of Macro Economics
  • BS2242, Principles of Micro Economics
  • BS2247, Introduction to Econometrics 1
  • DR1SUP, Doctoral Supervision 1

  • Applied Microeconometrics

  • Productivity Analysis

  • Nonparametric Econometrics

Contract

  • Sun, Kai (Member), “Salmon Production Management in Norway,” sponsored by the International Research Institute of Stavanger Norway, $(USD) 20,000

Grants

  • Sun, Kai (Member), “Migration Decision of Coastal Manufacturing Firms Based on a Regional Dynamic Comparative Study of Cost Efficiency: the Case of Pearl River Delta,” sponsored by the Natural Science Foundation of China, £(GBP) 37,200
  • Sun, Kai (Principal), " Boosting European Economic Growth Amid Debt Crisis," submitted to Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (March 2012) and ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme (October 2012)

  • Member, American Economic Association. (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Canadian Economic Association. (2010 - Present)
  • Member, Econometric Society. (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Southern Economic Association. (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research Group at State University New York. (2008 - Present)

Journal Articles

  • Sun, K., 2013, “Constrained Nonparametric Estimation of the Input Distance Function,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1007/s11123-013-0372-9.
  • Sun, K. and Kumbhakar, S., 2013, “Semiparametric Smooth-coefficient Stochastic Frontier Model,” Economics Letters, 120(2), 305-309.
  • Kumbhakar, S. and Sun, K., 2013, “Derivation of Marginal Effects of Determinants of Technical Inefficiency,” Economics Letters, 120(2), 249-253.
  • Parmeter, C., Sun K., Henderson, D., and Kumbhakar, S., 2013, “Estimation and Inference under Economic Restrictions,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1007/s11123-013-0339-x.
  • Kumbhakar, S., Sun, K. (2012). Estimation of TFP growth: A semiparametric smooth coefficient approach. Empirical Economics. 43(1), 1-24. (lead article)
  • Zhang, R., Sun, K., Delgado, M. S., Kumbhakar, S. (2012). Productivity in China's high technology industry: Regional heterogeneity and R&D. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79, 127-141.
  • Zhang, R., Sun, K., and Kumbhakar, S., 2012, “Re-examination of the Growth Mode and Structural Change of China’s Manufacturing Industry,” Economic Theory and Business Management (in Chinese), 5, 80-90.
  • Sun, K., Henderson, D. J., Kumbhakar, S. (2011). Biases in approximating log production. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 26(4), 708-714.

Working Papers

  • Driffield, N., Sun, K., Temouri, Y. (2014) Determining the Importance of the Ownership Effect in Firm Performance (submitted to Journal of International Economics)
  • Kumbhakar, S., Heshmati, A. (2014) Estimation of Productivity in Korean Electric Power Plants: A Semiparametric Smooth Coefficient Model, (submitted to Energy Economics)
  • Bhaumik, S., Kumbhakar, S., Sun, K., (2014) A Semiparametric Approach to Estimating Financing Constraints in Firms,” (submitted to European Journal of Finance)
  • Bhaumik, S., Dimova, R., Kumbhakar, S., Sun, K. (2014). Does institutional quality affect firm performance? Insights from a semiparametric approach. Bonn: IZA discussion paper series. (submitted to Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)
  • Sun, K., Kumbhakar, S. (2014) Estimation of a Flexible Stochastic Cost Frontier Model with Environmental Factors Subject to Economic Constraints
  • Sun, K., (2014) Seemingly Unrelated Partially Linear Semiparametric Regression: Application to Translog Cost System
  • Kumbhakar, S. Restrepo-Tobón, D., Sun, K., (2014), Have Banks Grown Too Large?
  • Kumbhakar, S., Lozano-Vivas, A., Sun, K. (2014). A flexible cost function model with risk. Birmingham: Aston Business School.
  • Sun, K., Kumbhakar, S., Poghosyan, T. (2014). Total factor productivity growth in the US banking industry: a multiproduct distance function approach.
  • Delgado, M. S., Sun, K., Kumbhakar, S. (2014). Evaluating the environmental Kuznets curve. New York: Binghampton University.

Presentations

 

  • Sun,K., Invited guest lecture at School of Economics, Sichuan University, “Semiparametric Models with Applications,” Chengdu, China. (November 2013)
  • Sun,K., 67th Econometric Society European Meeting, “Estimation of a Flexible Stochastic Cost Frontier Model with Environmental Factors Subject to Economic Constraints,” Gothenburg, Sweden. (August 2013)
  • Sun,K., 62nd Congrès de l'Association Française de Science Economique, “Regression and inference under smoothness restrictions,” Aix-en-provence, France. (June 2013)
  • Sun,K., 13th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, “Estimation of a Flexible Stochastic Cost Frontier Model with Environmental Factors Subject to Economic Constraints”, and discussion of paper “Measuring Firm Performance by using Nonparametric Quantile-type Distances: a New Approach”, Helsinki, Finland. (June 2013)
  • Sun,K., 27th European Economic Association Annual Congress, “Constrained Nonparametric Estimation of the Morishima Elasticity of Complementarity: Application to Norwegian Timber Production,” Malaga, Spain. (August 2012)
  • Sun,K., 18th International Panel Data Conference, “Productivity in China's High Technology Industry: Regional Heterogeneity and R&D,” Paris, France. (July 2012)
  • Sun,K., North American Productivity Workshop VII, “Semiparametric Smooth-coefficient Stochastic Frontier Model,” Houston, TX. (June 2012)
  • Sun, K., 61st Congrès de l'Association Française de Science Economique , "Semiparametric smooth-coefficient stoachastic frontier model," Paris, France. (July 2012)
  • Sun, K., Seminar, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK. (February 2012)
  • Sun, K., Seminar, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK. (June 2011)
  • Sun, K., XII European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, "Estimation of TFP growth: A semiparametric smooth coefficient approach," Verona, Italy. (June 2011)
  • Sun, K., Econometric Society North American Winter Meeting, "A constrained nonparametric estimation of the Morishma elasticity of complementarity: Application to the Norweigan forestry," Denver, Colorado, USA. (January 2011)
  • Sun, K., New York Camp Econometrics V, "Regression and inference under smoothness restrictions," Blue Mountain Lake, New York, USA. (October 2010)
  • Sun, K., Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference, "Estimation of TFP growth: A semiparametric smooth coefficient approach," Taipei, Taiwan. (July 2010)
  • Sun, K., North American Productivity Workshop VI, "Regression and inference under smoothness restrictions," Houston, Texas, USA. (June 2010)
  • Sun, K., 44th Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting, "Regression and inference under smoothness restrictions," Quebec City, Canada. (May 2010)
  • Sun, K., 79th Southern Economc Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, USA. (November 2009)
  • Sun, K., Department Seminar, Binghampton University, New York, USA. (November 2009)

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