||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.