- aging population
- air pollution
- and subjective well-being
- applied empirical methods
- applied labor economics
- applied program evaluation
- applied social policy analysis
- behavioral labor economics
- behavioral public economics
- climate change
- fetal and early childhood development
- public policies
- quality of life
- social network interactions
Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Global Health Policy and Economics at Yale University, a faculty fellow at Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, Yale Macmillan Center, Yale Institute for Network Science, and Yale-China Association. His research focuses on public policies related to childhood development, population aging, climate change and health, and quality of life.
Professor Chen is a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Consultant at the United Nations, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Peking University, Alumni Affiliate of Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, and Research Fellow at China Center for Economics of Human Development. He co-leads academic events at Yale Program on Aging and Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. He is President-Elect (2016-18) and President (2018-20) of China Health Policy and Management Society.
Professor Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, such as the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the George Warren Award, the Macmillan Award, the James Tobin Award, the Kempf Award, and NIH’s PEPPER Scholar Award. His research funded by NIH, USDA, and other public and private funding sources has resulted in 40 peer-reviewed publications and been covered in popular media worldwide. He is a commentator at China Central Television.
In the past five years, Professor Chen has supervised more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and Yale College students who have won a number of outstanding paper awards.
Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.