Le Wang is Chong K. Liew Chair and Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Econometric Reviews, Journal of Labor Research, and China Economic Review. He also holds a special term professorship at Jinan University. Prior to joining OU, he has held positions at the University of Alabama, the University of New Hampshire, and University of Minnesota. He was also a Women and Public Policy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He received his Ph.D in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and his B.A. in International Finance from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China in 2001.

His research focuses on questions in the subfields of microeconomics -- labor and demographic economics, development economics and public economics -- with a particular emphasis on the development and use of distributional/nonparametric and program evaluation methods to address issues in these areas. Specifically, he has written papers examining the returns to education in U.S. and China, the returns to language skills among immigrants, the gender earnings gap, and marriages and fertility issues. He has also written papers on politicians’ behavior, health care expenditure, and growth convergence. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Econometrics Journal, Economics of Education Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Health Economics, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2011.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11058
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2018, 31 (3), 837-876
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10747
published in: Journal of Labor Research, 2017, 38, 261-282
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10076
published in: Applied Economics, 2017, 49(12), 1164-1184
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8771
published in: Economics Letters, 2015, 128, 17-20
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7103
published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 21, 74-85
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6173
published online in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2012, [Early View]
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5662
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (6), 1202-1214
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4078
published in: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2011, 60 (1), 155-195