Dennis Tao Yang is Professor of Business Administration at Darden School of Business of University of Virginia (UVA). Prior to joining UVA in 2012, he served on the economics faculty at Duke University, Virginia Tech, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A native of China, he obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Professor Yang’s research focuses primarily on issues in human resources, development and growth, economics of transition, and the Chinese economy. His work has covered a wide range of topics including: household behavior, education, agriculture and long-term growth, analysis of famines in centrally planned economies, China’s population policies, wage growth, trade and labor markets, savings and income distribution. Professor Yang has published in the leading economics journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He is also the co-editor of three books on economic reforms in China, the president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, and has served on the Editorial Boards of China Economic Review, Comparative Economic Studies, Journal of Demographic Economics and Pacific Economic Review.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2010.