How and when democratic values matter: Challenging the effectiveness-centric framework in program evaluation

Using a conjoint experiment, this research compare the effects of effectiveness and democratic values in predicting public program evaluation, conditioned on citizens’ trust in government.

March 2023 · Yixin Liu, Heewon Lee, Frances Berry

Micro foundations of interlocal collaboration: An experimental test

This paper uses a conjoint experiment involving U.S. municipal officials to compare three fundamental theories: rational choice, political homophily, and social capital, in predicting the willingness to collaborate.

January 2023 · Yixin Liu

Public trust and collaborative governance: An instrumental variable approach

This research utilizes public integrity information, randomly assigned as the instrumental variable, to explore the impact of trust in government on citizens’ perceptions of collaborative governance.

July 2022 · Yixin Liu

De-stereotyping public performance evaluation

This paper employs a series of experiments to examine the relationship between performance information and the evaluation mode, suggesting that presenting information jointly (joint evaluation), rather than separately (separate evaluation), may assist people in avoiding stereotyping and focusing on actual performance.

January 2022 · Yixin Liu, Chengxin Xu

Does mislabeling COVID-19 elicit the perception of threat and reduce blame?

This paper employs a list experiment to examine whether mislabeling COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese Virus’ has incited opposition towards Chinese immigrants and reduced public blame attributed to the federal government.

May 2021 · Chengxin Xu, Yixin Liu