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Yiqing Xu is an incoming assistant professor in political methodology at the UC San Diego Department of Political Science, effective July 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He is soon to defend a dissertation on the political methodology and positive political economy, with a special focus on development and institutions in authoritarian countries, especially China. His research topics cover causal inference with time-series cross-sectional data, formal and informal institutions, authoritarian governance and economic history.