Xi Chen Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Biographical Info

Xi Chen is an assistant professor of in the Yale School of Public Health (Health Policy) and holds a secondary appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Economics. He is a fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His research focuses on health, labor and development economics; social interactions and networks; and applied econometrics and quantitative methods in the areas of: 1) fetal and early child development; 2) aging and pension policy; 3) social network interactions; and 4) happiness and individual well-being.

Chen’s work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best China Paper from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) China Sessions (2011), the George Warren Award from Cornell University (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award by the AAEA (2013), and the MacMillan Faculty Research Award at Yale University (2013).

Building upon the existing literature, his research relies on long-term field observations and primary data collection experiences. He is part of the research teams designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey and a unique social network data collection in rural western China. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), serves as a consultant for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), is an external reviewer for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).


International Activity

  • Birth Spacing and Child Health
    Jakarta, Indonesia (2012)
    This collaborative project investigates a causal connection between birth spacing and broad dimensions of child and maternal health status and dynamics using four waves of Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS).
  • New Approaches to Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability
    China; Helsinki, Finland (2011)
    Working with researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), this project seeks innovative ways to measuring poverty and vulnerability that contribute to poverty and behavioral Economics.
  • Social Network Data Collection
    Anshun, China (2009)
    Working with researchers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, I'm designing and implementing a unique social network data collection in the poorest Guizhou province in China. The detailed network collection involves multiple dimensions.
  • Poverty and Public Investment (2004-)
    Guiyang, China (2004)
    Working together with researchers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, I have been engaging in developing and implementing a census-type longitudinal household and individual survey in rural western China. The initial goal of the project was to investigate the role played by government investment in public infrastructure on poverty alleviation. The project has been expended to all major aspects of daily life among the poor, including farm and off-farm production, migration, consumption and other family activities, health dynamics, nutrition, and education. We have finished four waves of data collection.

Education & Training

M.S.
Nanjing Agricultural University (2007)
Ph.D.
Cornell University (2012)

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