Xi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics; Research Fellow, IZA, YINS, and The Macmillan Center

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Climate Change and Health | Health Policy & Management | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Office of Student Research

Biography

Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Health Policy, of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Macmillan Center, the Yale Institute for Network Science, and the Yale-China Association. His research focuses on fetal and early childhood development, population aging and public policies, climate change and health, and quality of life. Chen has been working with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to lead a longitudinal household survey in rural China with a unique social network data collection. Meanwhile, Chen has been a co-PI in a novel transdisciplinary project, the CHALLENGE (China Longitudinal Environmental, Genetic, and Economic Cohort), that studies 30,000 children aged 0-6 years old who were recruited at conception.

Chen is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), President-Elect of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS), an associate editor of China Health Review, a reviewer of the U.S. National Sciences Foundation (NSF), and a visiting professor at Nanjing University. He has been consulting for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best Paper Award (2011) and the Outstanding Dissertation Award (2013) of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, George Warren Award of Cornell University (2012), Macmillan Faculty Award (2013) and James Tobin Award (2014) of Yale University, NIH/NIA Award (2014), and the U.S. Federal PEPPER Center Scholar Award (2016). His research has been covered in various popular media, such as The Macmillan Report, The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, China Central Television.

Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

Education & Training

PhD Cornell University (2012)
MS Nanjing Agricultural University (2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Outstanding Doctoral DissertationAgricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) (2013)

Professional Service

  • President-Elect China Health Policy and Management Society (2016)

  • Reviewer, Economics Program National Science Foundation (NSF) (2015)

  • Associate Editor China Health Review (peer-reviewed journal) (2015)

  • Advisor, Chia Family Health Fellowship Yale-China Association (2014)

  • External Reviewer United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (2013)

  • Consultant United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (2012 - 2014)

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...

  • 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...

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