Ren Mu is an Associate Professor and holds the Robert H. and Judy L. Allen Professorship. Dr. Mu received her PhD in economics and MS in statistics from Michigan State University in 2004. She has an MA in law and BA in economics from Nankai University, China.
Dr. Mu's research is in the empirical microeconomics area of development economics. She primarily focuses on decision making of households and individuals in the developing world. Through evidence-based analysis, her research goal is to enhance the understanding of micro foundations for designing and implementing sound development strategies and public policies. To date, Dr. Mu's research can be grouped into three distinct sets of topics: (1) the determinants and impacts of human capital outcomes, (2) opportunities for rural-urban migration and its impacts on rural households, and (3) the effectiveness and allocations of public investments. In the Bush School, Dr. Mu teaches courses on global economy, economic development in China, and advanced economic development, as well as the study abroad field trip seminars (China) and the Capstone.