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Melanie Meng Xue
Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics, Northwestern University

Melanie Meng Xue is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Economics and the Center for Economic History at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Written by Melanie Meng Xue