||Xi CHEN 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 also a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His areas of interest involve Health, Labor, and Development Economics. Specifically, his research focuses on four areas: 1) fetal and early childhood development; 2) aging and pension policy; 3) social network interactions; and 4) happiness and individual well-being.
His research has attracted much public media attention, including the Macmillan Report and the Economist. In the past three years, he has 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).
He is 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. He serves 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). He also serves on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).
He received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.