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Xi Chen
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Chen Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Public Health (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, a research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His areas of interest involve Health, Labor, and Development Economics, Social Interactions and Networks, and Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. Specifically, his research focuses on the following four areas: 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 from the AAEA (2013), the MacMillan Faculty Research Award at Yale University (2013), James Tobin Summer Research Award at Yale Economics Department (2014), and an award from the National Institute of Health / National Institute of Aging (NIH/NIA) (2015). His research has attracted public media attention, including the Macmillan Report and the Economist.

Chen is an active member in the core research team designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey in rural western China. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), serves as an associate editor of China Health Review, and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). He has served as a consultant for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), an external reviewer for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and an affiliate of Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) (both Poverty Project and Judgment Project).

He received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.
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IZA World of Labor article: Relative deprivation and individual well-being
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
9519  Xi Chen
Status Concern and Relative Deprivation in China: Measures, Empirical Evidence, and Economic and Policy Implications
9482  Xi Chen
Old-Age Pension and Intergenerational Living Arrangements
9312  Xin Zhang
Xiaobo Zhang
Xi Chen
Happiness in the Air: How Does a Dirty Sky Affect Subjective Well-being?
8642  Xi Chen
Gift-giving and Network Structure in Rural China: Utilizing Long-term Spontaneous Gift Records
8591  Xi Chen
Commercial Plasma Donation and Individual Health in Impoverished Rural China
8494  Xi Chen
Fetus, Fasting, and Festival: The Persistent Effects of in Utero Social Shocks



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