||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 (ISPS), the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS), and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His areas of interest involve Health, Labor, Development Economics, and Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. Specifically, his research focuses on the following areas: 1) fetal and early childhood development; 2) population aging and public policies; 3) climate change and health; 4) social network interactions; and 5) 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), a reviewer of the U.S. National Sciences Foundation (NSF), an associate editor of China Health Review, a reviewer of more than 20 peer-reviewed journals, 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). He has also been an affiliate of Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) (both Poverty Project and Judgment Project).
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), an award from the National Institute of Health / National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) (2015), and the U.S. 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.
Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.