Junsen Zhang obtained his Ph.D. in economics from McMaster University in 1990. From 1989 to 1990, he was a Lecturer of Econometrics at the Australian National University. From 1990 to 1993, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. Since 1993 he has been in the Department of Economics at the Chinese University of Hong, where he is currently an Chair Professor of Economics. His research has focused on the economics of family behaviour, including crime, fertility, marriage, education, intergenerational transfers, marital transfers, gender bias, and old-age support (pensions). He also works on family-related macro issues, such as ageing, social security, and economic growth. Using quantitative methods and many data sets from different countries (regions), either micro or macro, he has studied economic issues in Canada, USA, The Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as China. He has published in the leading international refereed economics journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Review of Economics & Statistics and International Economic Review, and many leading field top journals such as Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources and Journal of Population Economics. He is an Editor of the Journal of Population Economics, and the President of the Hong Kong Economic Association.
Junsen Zhang joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 1999.