Janet X. Hao is a former Senior Economist with the economics program of The Conference Board. She specializes in research on innovation, intangible assets, and economic growth. In particular, she investigates the measurement of innovation activities at the company, industry, and country level, and assesses how intangible assets promote economic growth in Europe and emerging markets. In addition, she examines the effect of real estate investment on the rapid economic growth of China. Prior to joining The Conference Board, Hao earned her PhD in economics in 2007 from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examined how highways promote trade and development in US metropolitan areas. She currently works as a freelance researcher on the Chinese economy.