- Best Paper Award, 2019 Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) Annual Real Estate Conference
- Best Paper Award, China Urban 100 Forum
- Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in Environmental Science, Association of American Publishers, for my book “Blue Skies over Beijing” (Princeton University Press, co-authored with Matthew E. Kahn)
- Fellow, Homer Hoyt Institute, the US
- The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, National Science Foundation of China
- Youth Yangtze River Schola, Ministry of Education of China
- Award for Science and Technology Advancement (2nd prize), China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
- Best Valuation Paper Award, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at the 2014 Asian Real Estate Society Annual Conference
- The National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholar, National Science Foundation of China
- Post-Doctoral Honoree, Homer Hoyt Institute, the US
- Best Teaching Award, Tsinghua University
Government and Other Outside Committees, Service Activity
- Global Future Council on Clean Air, World Economic Forum, Member, 2020-2021
- Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), President, 2018-2019
- Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Vice President, 2017-2018
- Chinese Economists Society (CES), Vice President, 2019-Present
- American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), Board Member; Conference Organizing Committee, Member, 2019-Present
- Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Board Member, 2012-Present
- Environmental and Resource Economics, Co-Editor, 2020-Present
- Journal of Regional Science, Associate Editor, 2019-Present
- Journal of Economic Surveys, Associate Editor, 2013-Present
- China Economic Review, Associate Editor, 2018-Present
- Real Estate Economics, Editorial Board Member, 2021-Present
- Journal of Housing Economics, Editorial Board Member, 2009-Present
- Special Issue “Urban Network and Vibrancy”, Habitat International, Guest Editor, 2019
- Special Issue “China's urbanization and housing market”, Journal of Housing Economics, Guest Editor, 2016
- Special Issue “Environmental Economics and Sustainability”, Journal of Economic Surveys, Guest Editor, 2016
Current Organizational Membership
- American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) - Member, 2010-Present
- Urban Economics Association (UEA) - Member, 2010-Present
- American Economic Association - Member, 2010-Present
- Chinese Economist Society - Member, 2013-Present
- Asian Real Estate Society - Member, 2002-Present
2020 Chinese Economists Society North America Virtual Conference (zoom) - Understanding the Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions and Trade.
2020 Workshop on Shared Micro-Mobility. August 12, 2020 (zoom).
2020 CRE Virtual Summer Research Seminar I “COVID-19’s Impact on Our Wellbeing in Cities” (zoom).
2020 Workshop on New Data and Methods in Environmental Studies. December 11, 2019, MIT.
- 2019 Asian Real Estate Society Annual International Conference. July 2019, Shenzhen, China. Conference President and Organizer.
- MIT Mini Urban Economics and Policy Workshop. May 7 and April 30, 2019, Cambridge MA. Organizer.
- MIT China New City Forum. November 12, 2019. Beijing, China. Organizer. A
- “China Future Cities” Symposium, November 16, 2017. Cambridge MA. Organizer.
- “Smog Economics” Workshop, December 20, 2016. Beijing, China. Organizer.
- “Green Cities in Asia” Workshop, October 15, 2016. Beijing, China. Organizer.
- The 4th International Workshop on Regional, Urban and Spatial Economics in China. June 6-7, 2015. Beijing, China. President and Organizer.
- Workshop on “Real Estate Prices: Measurement and Dynamics”. December 18, 2012. Beijing, China. Co-organizer. With National Bureau of Statistics of China.
- Workshop on “Urban Spatial Modeling and Its Applications in China”. August 8, 2011. Beijing, China.