Zhen Lei

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Associate Professor, John and Willie Leone Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering (EME)

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Research interests include economics of innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, science and technology policy, energy and environmental economics, and applied econometrics.

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Recent Publications

Command vs. market in China’s energy intensity reduction strategies: Firm-level evidence

Fan, M., Cao, J., Zhang, K. & Lei, Z., Feb 2022, In: PloS one. 17, 2 February, e0263325.

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Connecting emerging industry and regional innovation system: Linkages, effect and paradigm in China

Li, Y., Wei, Y., Li, Y., Lei, Z. & Ceriani, A., Mar 2022, In: Technovation. 111, 102388.

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Government targets, end-of-year patenting rush and innovative performance in China

Sun, Z., Lei, Z., Wright, B. D., Cohen, M. & Liu, T., Sep 2021, In: Nature Biotechnology. 39, 9, p. 1068-1075 8 p.

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The linear-analog method: A more efficient and effective linearization method for natural gas transportation optimization

Chen, Z., Kleit, A. N., Lei, Z., An, H., Ayala, L. F. & Pruvot, A. J. C. J., Aug 2020, In: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 80, 103305.

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How do firms utilize the deferred patent examination system? Evidence from Korea

Cao, S., Lei, Z. & Oh, J., Feb 19 2019, In: European Journal of Innovation Management. 22, 2, p. 234-256 23 p.

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Market deregulation and nuclear safety

Lei, Z. & Tsai, C. H., Aug 2019, In: Energy Economics. 82, p. 62-67 6 p.

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Application publication or confirmation of grant: Which matters more for academic technology transfer?

Drivas, K., Lei, Z. & Wright, B. D., Jan 2018, In: International Journal of Industrial Organization. 56, p. 204-228 25 p.

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Modeling citation dynamics of “atypical” articles

He, Z., Lei, Z. & Wang, D., Sep 2018, In: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 69, 9, p. 1148-1160 13 p.

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Rising wages and energy consumption transition in rural China

Qiu, H., Yan, J., Lei, Z. & Sun, D., Aug 2018, In: Energy Policy. 119, p. 545-553 9 p.

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Innovation policy in China: nationally promulgated but locally implemented

Sun, Z., Lei, Z. & Yin, Z., Dec 15 2018, In: Applied Economics Letters. 25, 21, p. 1481-1486 6 p.

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Academic patent licenses: Roadblocks or signposts for nonlicensee cumulative innovation?

Drivas, K., Lei, Z. & Wright, B. D., May 1 2017, In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 137, p. 282-303 22 p.

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Deregulation and investment in generation capacity: Evidence from nuclear power uprates in the United States

Lei, Z., Tsai, C. H. & Kleit, A. N., May 2017, In: Energy Journal. 38, 3, p. 113-139 27 p.

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Why weak patents? Testing the examiner ignorance hypothesis

Lei, Z. & Wright, B. D., Apr 1 2017, In: Journal of Public Economics. 148, p. 43-56 14 p.

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Discounting of medical savings accounts

Fan, M., Lei, Z. & Liu, G., May 1 2016, In: American Journal of Health Economics. 2, 2, p. 161-183 23 p.

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Does the expansion of Chinese state-owned enterprises affect the innovative behavior of private enterprises?

Cheng, L. & Lei, Z., Jan 2 2015, In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics. 22, 1, p. 24-54 31 p.

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