• Housing, Community and Economic Development
  • Urban Labor Market and Inequality
  • Migration and Entrepreneurship
  • International Urban Development


Grant, B., Liu, C. Y., and Ye, L. eds. (2018) Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Borders, Challenges, Futures. Springer

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES                                                                  * student co-author

Liu, C. Y., Hu. F. Z. and *Jeong, J. (2020) Towards Inclusive Urban Development? New Knowledge/Creative Economy and Wage Inequality in Major Chinese Cities. Cities, forthcoming.

*Jeong, J. and Liu, C. Y. (2020) Neighborhood Diversity and Food Access in a Changing Urban Spatial Structure. City & Community, forthcoming.

Cheng, S., Guo, H. and Liu, C. Y. (2020) Incentivized for Leveling the Playing Field: Do State Economic Incentives Compensate for High Taxes? Economic Development Quarterly, 34 (2): 101-115 (lead article, Special Issue: Learning More about Incentives)

Huang, X. and Liu, C. Y. (2019) Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: A Local Policy Perspective. Journal of the American Planning Association, 85 (4): 564-584.

 Liu, C. Y. and *Nazareno, L. (2019) The Changing Quality of Nonstandard Employment: Does Skill Matter? The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 5 (4): 104-128.

Liu, C. Y. and *van Holm, E. (2019) The Geography of Occupational Concentration among Low-Skilled Immigrants. Economic Development Quarterly, 33 (2): 107-120.

Chen, Y. and Liu, C. Y. (2019) Self-employed Migrants and Their Entrepreneurial Space in Megacities: A Beijing Farmers’ Market. Habitat International, 83 (1): 125-134.

Liu, C. Y., Chen, J., and Li, H. (2019) Linking Migrant Enclave Residence to Employment in Urban China: The Case of Shanghai. Journal of Urban Affairs, 41 (2): 189-205.

Liu, C. Y., Ye, L., and *Feng, B. (2019) Migrant Entrepreneurship in China: Entrepreneurial Transition and Firm Performances. Small Business Economics, 52 (3): 681-696.

*Huang, X. and Liu, C. Y. (2018) Welcoming Cities: Immigration Policy at the Local Government Level. Urban Affairs Review, 54 (1): 3-32. blogpost link

Hu, Y., Liu, C. Y., and Chen, T. (2017) Ecological Improvement and Community Participation: Lessons from Xiaoqing River Ecological Improvement Project in Jinan, China. Community Development Journal, 52 (1): 21-37 (Special Issue: Community Development in East and South-East Asia).

Liu, C. Y. and *Huang, X. (2016) The Rise of Urban Entrepreneurs in China: Capital Endowments and Entry Dynamics. Growth and Change, 47 (1): 32-52 (Special Issue: Economic Transition,  Urban Dynamics and Economic Development in China).

Wang, Q., and Liu, C. Y. (2015) The Transnational Activities of Immigrant-Owned Firms and Their Performances in the USA. Small Business Economics, 44 (2): 345-359.

Liu, C. Y. and *Edwards, J. (2015) Immigrant Employment through the Great Recession: Individual Characteristics and Metropolitan Contexts. The Social Science Journal, 52 (3): 405-414 (Special Issue on Economics, Methods, and Policy).

Liu, C. Y., *Miller, J., and Wang, Q. (2014) Ethnic Enterprises and Community Development. GeoJournal, 79 (5): 565-576.

Zhu, P., Liu, C. Y., and Painter, G. (2014) Does Residence in an Ethnic Community Help Immigrants in a Recession. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 47 (July): 112-127.

Lewis, G., Liu, C. Y., and *Edwards, J. (2014) The Representation of Immigrants in Federal, State and Local Government Work Forces. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15 (3): 469-486.

Liu, C. Y. and *Xie, W. (2013) Creativity and Inequality: The Dual Path of China’s Urban Economy? Growth and Change, 44 (4): 608-630.

Liu, C. Y. (2013) Latino Immigration and the Low-skill Urban Labor Market: The Case of Atlanta. Social Science Quarterly, 94 (1) 137-151.

Zhao, Z., *Huang, X., Liu, C. Y., Wang, G., and Xu, L. (2013) Literature on China Urban Studies in International Journals: 2000-2012. Journal of Public Administration (in Chinese), 6 (1): 118 – 147.

*Kolenda, R. and Liu, C. Y. (2012) Are Central Cities More Creative? The Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries. Journal of Urban Affairs, 24 (5): 487-511.   

Liu, C. Y. (2012) From Los Angeles to Shanghai: Testing the Applicability of Five Urban Paradigms. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36 (6): 1127-1145 (lead article).

Liu, C. Y. (2012) The Causes and Dynamics of Minority Entrepreneurial Entry. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 17 (1):125003-1-23.

Liu, C. Y. (2012) Intrametropolitan Opportunity Structure and the Self-employment of Asian and Latino Immigrants. Economic Development Quarterly, 26 (2):178-192.

Liu, C. Y. and *Kolenda, R. (2012) Counting and Understanding the Contingent Workforce: Using Georgia as an Example. Urban Studies, 49 (5): 1003-1025.

Liu, C. Y. and Painter, G. (2012) Immigrant Settlement and Employment Suburbanization: Is There a Spatial Mismatch. Urban Studies, 49 (5): 979-1002.

Liu, C. Y. and Painter, G. (2012) Travel Behavior among Latino Immigrants: The Role of Ethnic Concentration and Ethnic Employment. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32 (1): 62-80.

Liu, C. Y. (2011) Employment Concentration and Job Quality for Low-Skilled Latino Immigrants. Journal of Urban Affairs, 33 (2): 117-142 (lead article). (Reprinted in “Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Life of Cities”, Journal of Urban Affairs Virtual Issue, June 2012.)

Liu, C. Y., *Kolenda, R, *Fitzpatrick, G, and *Todd, T. (2010) Re-Creating New Orleans: Driving Development through Creativity. Economic Development Quarterly 24 (3): 261-275.

Liu, C. Y. (2009) Ethnic Enclave Residence, Employment, and Commuting of Latino Workers. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 28 (4): 600-625. (Reprinted in “Home Sweet Home: Recent Research in Housing & Community Development Policy”, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Virtual Issue, October 2010.)

Painter, G., Liu, C. Y., and Zhuang, D. (2007) Immigrants and Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis: Employment Outcomes among Immigrant Youth in Los AngelesUrban Studies 44 (13): 2627-2649.

Myers, D. and Liu, C. Y. (2005) The Emerging Dominance of Immigrants in the United States Housing Market 1970-2000. Urban Policy and Research 23 (3): 347 – 365.

Liu, C. Y. (2004) Immigrants’ Economic Mobility in California from a Demographic Perspective. Chicago Policy Review 8 (1): 43 – 57.


Liu, C. Y., and *Xie, W. (2018) Creativity and Inequality: The Dual Path of China’s Urban Development. In YE. L. (ed): Urbanization and Urban Governance in China: Issues, Challenges, and Development. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Link

Liu, C. Y., Painter, G., and Wang, Q. (2015) Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Agglomeration in High-Tech Industries in the U.S. In Karlsson, C., Gråsjö, U. and Wixe, S. (eds.): Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Link

Liu, C. Y. (2014) Intra-metropolitan Opportunity Structure and Immigrant Self-employment. In Zhang, J. and Duncan, H. (Eds.): Migration in China and Asia: Experience and Policy. New York: Springer. Link

Waugh, W. and Liu, C. Y. (2014). Disasters, the Whole Community, and Development as Capacity Building. In Kapucu, N. and Liou, K. T. (eds.): Disasters & Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases. New York, NY: Springer. Link 


Huang, X. and Liu, C. Y. (2016) Welcoming Cities: Immigration Policy at the Local Government Level. The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) Report #28, September 2016.

Liu, C. Y., Chen, J., and Li. H. (2016) The Segmentation of Urban Housing and Labor Markets in China: The Case of Shanghai. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper WP 16CL1, May 2016.

Liu, C. Y. (2014) Minority-Owned and Immigrant-Owned Businesses in Georgia’s Economy. The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) Report #7, November 2014.

Liu, C. Y., Painter, G., and Wang, Q. (2014) Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation white paper, March, 2014.

Liu, C. Y. (2013) Georgia’s High-Technology Industry and Innovation Capacity. Fiscal Research Center Report No. 262, September, 2013.

Liu, C. Y. and *Kolenda, R. (2011) Flexible Work Arrangements in Georgia: Characteristics and Trends. Fiscal Research Center Report No. 236, July, 2011.

Liu, C. Y. (2010) Latino Immigration and the Low-Skill Urban Labor Market in Atlanta. Fiscal Research Center Report No. 219, December, 2010.