Jinglin Wen


Research title: Crime and Policing: An Empirical Analysis

Research Summary

Jinglin is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He works on applied economics and on the interaction of economics and law, focusing mainly on crime and gender. Jinglin is also conducting RCTs to analyse the effect of role modelling interventions on psychological outcomes of students in the UK and India. 


Female Mayors and Violence against Women: Evidence from the U.S. 

This study examines the effect of female leadership in local government on violence against women. The results show that elections of female mayors decrease violence specifically targeted toward women but leave other violence unaffected. The effect is strong only for local elected leaders and it is persistent throughout her term, while there is no effect for non-local leaders. Moreover, the study explores behavioral responses by victims. Evidence suggests that female victims are more likely to report violence against them after female mayors take office. Importantly, female victories are followed by greater police responsiveness to violence against women. There are no such effects for violence against men. These findings survive various robustness checks. The evidence accords with deterrence that refers to the behavioral reduction in crime due to offender anticipation of punishment.

Work in Progress

The Motivational Effect of Statues on Students: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial in Jaipur (with Prateek Bhan) - Draft Soon,  AEA RCT Registry

Internal constraints such as lack of aspirations and hope have recently gathered a lot of attention as important factors for explaining poverty and inequality. Focusing on a cohort of primary school students in India, this project studies the role modelling effect of historical statues. In the process, we intend to shed light on the importance of familiarity and susceptability as key mechanisms that fuel such a motivational effect.

Aspiration Adaptation and Hope: Evidence from Scotland (with Prateek Bhan, Damiano Turchet, and Max Schroeder) - Analysis in Progress,  AEA RCT Registry

Aiming at relaxing internal constraints, much research focuses on the effectiveness of changing aspirations. Yet little is known about how these aspirations change over time. This project studies aspiration adaptation and whether hope can function as a capability - fuelling and sustaining aspirations. We develop a theoretical framework to predict the process of aspiration formation and development, and offer insight into the role of hope in such process. By combining experimental evidence, this project attempts to shed light on the relationship between aspiration adaptation and hope. Focusing on a cohort of students in the University of Glasgow, an randomised controlled trial (RCT) is designed to provide support for the predictions arising from the theory and assess the effects on hope and aspirations by exposure to role-models.

Appeasing Routine Crime: Experiment on Road Safety Violations in India (with Prateek Bhan and Foivos Savva) 



University of Glasgow Behaviour, Structure and Interventions Network Grant for "Hope and Aspiration Adaptation: Evidence from Scotland" 2020,  £5,000

University of Glasgow ASBS Seed Corn Fund 2021

Royal Economic Society Academic Support Fund 2021,  £6,700

ASBS Excellence in Research Award 2021



Glasgow Economic Forum 2021,  7 March 2021

Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference 2021,  26 April 2021

1st Discrimination and Diversity Workshop (University of East Anglia) 2021,  27 May 2021 

International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Conference 2021,  23 June 2021

4th IZA Workshop on Gender and Family Economics 2021,  18 Sep 2021

AEA 2022 Annual Meeting,  7 Jan 2022


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Econometrics 1: Basic Statistics & Linear Regression (UG)

Understanding Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach (PG)