Anthony Howell

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Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
DTPHX Campus
Senior Global Futures Scientist
DTPHX Campus


A link to my most recent CV can be found here.

Anthony Howell is an assistant professor in public policy and management in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Previously, he served on the faculty in the School of Economics at Peking University in Beijing for five years. Anthony served as a Fulbright scholar at the Lincoln Institute of Urban Development and Land Policy at Peking University, and held visiting research fellowships at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington D.C. and the Asian Development Bank in Manilla. Anthony received his PhD in Geography from UCLA and obtained M.S. degrees in both statistics and geography/GIS.  He is an expert in policy impact analysis, forecasting, cost-benefit analyses, GIS, and big data analytics. His main research fields include urban-regional economics, economic development, labor migration and innovation with a focus on the Chinese economy.

Anthony's research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Urban Economics, World Development, Research Policy, Economic Geography, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, and Eurasian Geography and Economics, among others. He received a multiyear grant from the National Science Foundation of China to explore the role of geography, innovation and state support policies in promoting local development in China. He also served as a guest editor for a special issue on innovation and management for the Economic Modeling journal.  

Anthony’s research interests are in a large way a natural extension of his own personal experiences facing issues of poverty and inequality in early childhood, and working full-time on the factory assembly lines in the auto industry during summers as a teenager.  It was during these early years that he became interested in issues about labor and the nature of work, as well as issues related to race, poverty and inequality.  As factory plants later began to close down in his hometown, he also developed an interest in urban and regional development issues.  Anthony added an international dimension to his research interests during his collegiate years when he was able to successfully secure external grants and scholarships to engage in community and economic development projects in rural parts of western Ireland, impoverished neighborhoods in southern parts of Mexico, and restive multi-ethnic communities in northwestern China.  In total, Anthony has spent seven years living and working in China.


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of California-Los Angeles
  • M.S. Statistics, University of California-Los Angeles
  • M.S. Geography/GIS, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Political Science, Michigan State University
  • B.A. International Development, Michigan State University

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Research Interests

  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Economic Development,
  • Labor Migration
  • Innovation
  • Chinese Economy


[17] Howell, A. (2019). Minimum Wage Impacts on Han-Minority Workers’ Wage Distribution and

Inequality in Urban China. Journal of Urban Economics, Forthcoming.

[16] Howell, A. (2019). Heterogenous Impacts of China’s Economic and Development Zone Program.

Journal of Regional Science, Forthcoming.

[15] Howell, A. (2019). Agglomeration, Absorptive Capacity and Knowledge Governance: Implications

for Public-Private Firm Innovation in China. Regional Studies, Forthcoming.

[14] Howell, A. (2019). Clustering Effects on Firm Exporting with Productivity-Enhancing R&D in

China. The World Economy, Accepted.

[13] Howell, A. (2019). Industry Relatedness, FDI Liberalization and the Indigenous Innovation

Process in China. Regional Studies, Forthcoming.

[12] Howell, A. (2019). Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Initial Financing, and Business performance in

China. Small Business Economics, 52(3), 697-712.  

[11] Howell, A., Canfei He, Yang Rudai, and Cindy Fan (2018). Agglomeration, (Un)-Related Variety

and New Firm Survival in China: Do Local Subsidies Matter? Papers in Regional Science,

97(3): 485-500. 

[10] Howell, A. and Liu Yang, (2018). Turning Points in the Chinese Civil War. Australian Economic

History Review, Forthcoming.

[9] Howell, A. (2017). Impacts of Migration and Remittances on Ethnic Income Inequality in Rural

China. World Development, 94: 200-211. 

[8] Howell, A. (2017). Marshallian Sources of Relatedness and their Effects on Firm Survival and

Subsequent Success in China. Economic Geography, 93:346-366. 

[7] Howell, A. (2017). Picking ‘Winners’ in China: Do Subsidies Matter for Indigenous Innovation

and Firm Productivity? China Economic Review, 44:154-165.

[6] Howell, A., Canfei He, Yang Rudai, and Cindy Fan (2016). Technological Relatedness and

Asymmetrical Firm Productivity Gains Under Market Reforms in China. Cambridge Journal of

Regions, Economy and Society, 9(3): 499-515. 

[5] Howell, A. (2016). Firm R&D, Innovation and Easing Financial Constraints in China: Does

Corporate Tax Reform Matter? Research Policy, 45(10): 1996-2007. 

[4] Howell, A. (2015). ‘Indigenous’ Innovation with Heterogeneous Risk and New Firm Survival

in a Transitioning Chinese Economy. Research Policy, 44(10):1866-1876.

[3] Howell, A. (2013). Chinese Minority Income Disparity in Urumqi: An Analysis of Han-Uyghur

Labour Market Outcomes in the Formal and Informal Economies. China: An International Journal,

11(3): 1-23. 

[2] Howell, A. and Fan, C. (2011). Migration and Inequality in Xinjiang: A Survey of Han and

Uyghur Migrants in Urumqi. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 52(1):119-139. 

[1] Howell, A. (2011). Labor Market Segmentation in Urumqi, Xinjiang: Exposing Labor Market

Segments and Testing the Relationship between Migration and Segmentation. Growth and

Change, 42(2): 200-226. 


Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 301Applied Statistics
CPP 529Community Analytics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 529Data Analytics Practicum
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 301Applied Statistics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 301Applied Statistics
CPP 529Data Analytics Practicum
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 529Data Analytics Practicum