Software Engineer at Microsoft
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2018-22



Ziye Zhang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, he worked as a visiting lecturer at Cornell University and a postdoc fellow at Cornell Institute of China Economic Research. He obtained his Ph.D in Regional Science from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s in Public Policy and master’s degrees in Regional Economics from Peking University.

His research focuses on urban economics and his passion lies in developing and applying data science methods and tools to address urban housing, transportation, and environmental problems. Ziye’s recent work estimates the heterogeneous value of travel time (VOT) of households in Beijing using a panel mixed logit model based on more than 400,000 trips from Beijing Household Travel Survey 2010 & 2014. He augments the trip data with 2TB alternative transportation modes’ information collected from Baidu Maps API and Geographic Information System (GIS). In another working project, Ziye explores the within-city relationship between air quality and housing prices in Beijing based on remote sensing and ground-level monitor air quality data and more than 700,000 housing transactions from 2013 to 2019.