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.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 12313
Xin Zhang, Xi Chen, Xiaobo Zhang
longer version forthcoming in: D.Maddison, K. Rehdanz, H. Welsch (eds.): Handbook on Well-being, Happiness, and the Environment
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12115
Rui Wang, Xi Chen, Xun Li
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11921
in press: International Journal of Health Policy and Management (available Online from 04 November 2018)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11708
Yafei Si, Zhongliang Zhou, Min Su, Xiao Wang, Dan Li, Dan Wang, Shuyi He, Zihan Hong, Xi Chen
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(7), 1466. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071466
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10860
paper 1 (results on smoking) published as 'Do skewed sex ratios among children promote parental smoking? Longitudinal evidence from rural China' in: Journal of Substance Abuse, 2018, 23 (4), 366-370 , paper 2 (results on alcohol abuse) published as 'Does daughter deficit promote paternal substance use? Evidence from China' in: Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy 2018, 2: 47 http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jhmhp.2018.08.04
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10731
forthcoming in: the Journal of the Economics of Ageing
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10628
Xi Chen, Xiaobo Zhang, Xin Zhang
published as 'The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance' in: PNAS, 2018, 115 (37), 9193 - 9197.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10037
published in: Social Science and Medicine, 2019, 220, 411-420.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10028
Xin Zhang, Xiaobo Zhang, Xi Chen
published in: Ecological Economics, 2017, 137, 29 - 36 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.02.020
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10016
Contemporary Economic Policy, 2016, 34(4): 646–659. doi:10.1111/coep.12161
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9519
China: An International Journal (SSCI), 2016, 14(1): 151-170. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/611560
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9482
Review of Economics of the Household, 2017, 15(2), 455-476. DOI: 10.1007/s11150-015-9304-y
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9312
Xin Zhang, Xiaobo Zhang, Xi Chen
pubished as 'Happiness in the air: How does a dirty sky affect mental health and subjective well-being?' in: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2017, 85, 81 - 94 http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2017.04.001
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8642
PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(8): e102104. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102104
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8591
Health Economics Review, 2014, 4: 30, DOI: 10.1186/s13561-014-0030-6
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8494
International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2014, 3: 165-169, DOI: 10.15171/ijhpm.2014.92