My work focuses on economic development and land use. I ask questions like “Why some regions are rich while others are poor?” and “What policy tools can help create jobs and boost innovation?”. I also examine the consequences of economic development, such as the encroachment into agricultural areas, sprawling development patterns and pollution. My work is both interdisciplinary and international. I adopt methods from economics, statistics, geography, sociology and computer science, and have studied countries including the United States, China, Australia and Russia.
Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning and Design) University of Maryland, College Park, 2018.
M.A. (Land Management) Zhejiang University, 2013.
B.A. (Land Management) Zhejiang University, 2011.
Fang, L. How Are Economic Development Districts Riding the Waves of Economic Development Strategies? Economic Development Quarterly. Accepted.
Fang, L., Adelakun, F., & Goetemann, T. Brewing Entrepreneurship: Coffee and Startups. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Online first.
Fang, L., Rao, F. When Industry Diversity Meets Walkability: An Analysis of Innovation in Baltimore, USA and Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Online first.
Fang, L., Drucker, J. How Spatially Concentrated are Industrial Clusters? A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Planning Literature, 2021, 36(4): 526-542.
Fang, L. Land Preservation Under the Transfer of Development Rights Program: A Study of Montgomery County (MD). Journal of the American Planning Association, 2020, 87(2), 228-238.
Fang, L., Ewing, R. Tracking Our Footsteps: Thirty Years of Publication in JAPA, JPER, and JPL. Journal of the American Planning Association, 2020, 86(4): 470-480.
Fang, L., Tian, C. Construction Land Quotas as a Tool for Managing Urban Expansion. Landscape and Urban Planning, 2020, 195, 103727. Best Paper Award at the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress Annual Conference.
Fang, L. Agglomeration and Innovation: True Effect or Selection Bias? Environment and Planning A, 2020, 52(2): 423-448.
Fang, L., Howland, M., Wu, J., Kim, J., & Peng, Q. Can Transfer of Development Rights Save Farmland in Metropolitan Counties? Growth and Change, 2019,50(3): 926-946.
Fang, L. Manufacturing Clusters and Firm Innovation. Economic Development Quarterly, 2019, 33(1), 321–354.
Fang, L. The Dual Effects of Clusters: Learning and Selection. Economic Development Quarterly, 2018, 32(3): 195-209.
Fang, L., Tian, C. Housing and Marital Matching: A Signaling Perspective. China Economic Review, 2018, 47: 27-46. Best Paper Award at the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress Annual Conference
Knaap G., Avin, U., & Fang L. Driving and Compact Growth: A Careful Look in the Rearview Mirror. Journal of the American Planning Association, 2017, 83(1): 32-35. Reported by Planetizen
Fang, L., Li, P. & Song, S. China’s Development Policies and City Size Distribution: An Analysis based on the Zipf’s Law. Urban Studies, 2017, 54(12): 2818-2834.
Fang, L. Do Clusters Encourage Innovation? A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Planning Literature, 2015, 30(3): 239-260.