About

Dr Sizhong Sun is currently an associate professor at College of Business, Law and Governance, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University. He holds PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, Australia, Master in Economics from Xiamen University, China, and Bachelor of Arts from Jilin University of Technology, China.

Dr Sun joined James Cook University in 2008, and since then he has been actively engaged in teaching a number of economics subjects and researching in the broad areas of empirical international trade, empirical industrial organisation, economic development, and market design, with a focus on foreign direct investment and Chinese economy, where Dr Sun has published extensively.

Dr Sun also served as reviewers for a number of academic journals, and edited special issues for China Agricultrual Economic Review, Sustainability, and Singapore Economic Review. He was the President of Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA), a non-profit and non-partisan organization in Australia that aims at promoting research and exchange activities related to the Chinese economy, in 2014-2016, and has served in the Council of Management of CESA since 2016.

Teaching
  • BU1903: Economics for Sustainable Business (Level 1; TSV)
  • BU4062: Current Issues in Business Research (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • BX2021: Managerial Economics (Level 2; TSV)
  • BX3033: Cost Benefit Analysis (Level 3; TSV)
  • EC5202: Cost Benefit Analysis (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5204: Managerial Economics (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5214: Case Studies in Applied Economics and Finance (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5217: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5600: Independent Study (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • International Trade
  • Economic Development
  • Market Design
  • Empirical Industrial Organisation
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Chinese Economy
  • Energy Economics
Teaching
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
Experience
  • 2017 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to present - Research Associate, Australian National University (Canberra)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2012 - Faculty research excellence for early career researcher
Memberships
  • 2006 - Life-time member of Chinese Economics Society of Australia (CESA)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Member of Economic Society of Australia (Queensland)
Other
  • 2014 to 2016 - President of Chinese Economics Society of Australia
Publications

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Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia - Microdata Research

Product Innovation, FDI and Export Participation: Micro-evidence from China

Indicative Funding
$11,541
Summary
This project intends to explore the inter-relationship between the presence of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) and domestic firms' product innovation and export participation. Using firm level dataset from China's manufacturing industries, the project seeks to answer the following questions: Does the presence of DI promote domestic firms' product innovation behaviour? If yes, to what extent? (2) Whether/to what extend does the FDI presence affect domestic firms' exporting participation? (3) Is it more likely for a firm with product innovation to participate in exporting? If yes, to what extent?
Investigators
Sizhong Sun (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Keywords
product innovation; FDI; Export; China; Foreign Direct Investment

The Pratt Foundation - Contract Research

The Effect of Australian Business Expansion into Asia on Australian Domestic Employment

Indicative Funding
$50,000
Summary
In recent years, Australian businesses have expanded their operations into Asia for a variety of reasons which may include: growth, broader market, cost of production, distribution opportunities, diversification of the business and to manage employment in terms of skills and costs. Conventional wisdom is to think that when an Australian company establishes, expands or integrates its operations off shore, it reduces employment in Australia and increases employment in Asia. The purpose of their study is to explore the impact of Australian businesses expansion into Asia on domestic employment through first hand data analysis to provide empirical evidence for the impact.
Investigators
Hong-Bo Liu, Rabiul Beg, Sizhong Sun, Zhang-Yue Zhou and Abhishek Bhati (College of Business, Law & Governance and JCUS - Academic)
Keywords
Impact; Australian Domestic Employment; Australian Business; Expansion into Asia
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Current
  • Testing and modelling financial asset returns and volatility spillovers - Theory and Applications (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Foreign Direct Investment and the Labour Market in Vietnam's Service Industries (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Impacts of Microfinance on Poverty Alleviation in Vietnam (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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