Xi Chen Ph.D.

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

Biographical Info

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I'm an assistant professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. I'm also a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. My areas of interest involve Health, Labor, and Development Economics, Social Interactions and Networks, and Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. Specifically, my research focuses on four areas: 1) fetal and early child development; 2) aging and pension policy; 3) social network interactions; and 4) happiness and individual well-being.

My research has attracted much public media attention, including the Macmillan Report and the Economist. In the past three years, I've been awarded the Best China Paper by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) China Sessions (2011), the George Warren Award by Cornell University (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award by the AAEA (2013), and the MacMillan Faculty Research Award by Yale University (2013).

Building upon the existing literature, my research relies on long-term field observations and primary data collection experiences. I'm an active member in the research team for designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey and a unique real social network data collection in rural western China. I'm a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). I serve as a consultant for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and an external reviewer for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). I've been affiliated with Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS). I also serve on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).

I received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012.


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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