Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Yale Center for Climate Change and Health, Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS), and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. He is a PEPPER Scholar at Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. His research endeavors focus on economics and public policies on population aging, and global health systems. Currently, his main research projects involve: 1) Economics of cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), using both medical claims data and survey data to investigate how cognitive aging may affect decision-making and healthcare utilization, and ADRD care quality, costs and equity; 2) Pension, retirement policies and health of the aging population; 3) The impact of environmental pollution and climate change on older adults; 4) life course factors and healthy aging.

Professor Chen is a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Editor at the Journal of Population Economics, President of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS) (2018-2020), fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and its Cluster Lead in Environment and Human Capital. He is an adjunct professor at Peking University and at SJTU-Yale Joint Health Policy Center of Shanghai Jiaotong University. He consults for the United Nations and the World Bank. He is an alumni affiliate of Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors & Disparities, Cornell Population Center, and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences. He has served as a grant reviewer for the National Sciences Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Research Council of Norway, Guest Editors of Journal of Asian Economics and of China CDC Weekly, and a reviewer for more than 30 peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best China Paper from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) (2011), the George Warren Award (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the AAEA (2013), the MacMillan Faculty Research Award (2013, 2017), USDA-ERS (2008), James Tobin Summer Research Award (2014-2022), the Kempf Award (2017-2018), awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. PEPPER Center Scholar Award (2016), Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Interdisciplinary Paper Award of the Gerontology Association of America (2019), the Best Abstract Award at the Academy Health Research Meetings (2020). He is a Butler-Williams Scholar at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) (2019). His timely and rigorous economic evaluations on the COVID-19 pandemic won the Kuznets Prize (2021).

His research projects funded by public and private funding sources has resulted in 90+ peer-reviewed publications, such as PNAS, LANCET, PLoS Medicine, LANCET Public Health, JEEM, JoPE, EHP, SSM, JEoA, and AJAE. These studies have been widely covered 1,000+ times in popular media worldwide, such as BBC, CNN, CBS, WSJ, NYT, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Macmillan Report, The Times of London, NPR, NBC News, Reuters, Associated Press, Time Magazine, Fortune, Slate, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, Al Jazeera, World Economic Forum, Science Magazine, Nature, DW, ABC (Australia), ABC (USA), EuroNews, Foreign Policy, FOX News, New Scientist, The Hill, National Geography, Foreign Affairs, The LANCET, RT, Xinhua News Agency, Global Times, and People's Daily, The Scientist Magazine. He is a commentator at BBC, CNN, EuroNews, CGTN. Chen has written opinion pieces for NYT. Chen has been invited by The National Committee on United States China Relations (NCUSCR) as a delegate of U.S. - China Healthcare Dialogue (Track II).

In the past ten years, Professor Chen has supervised more than 30 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and Yale College students who have won a number of outstanding paper awards. Chen has taught quantitative methods in health economics and health services research, as well as U.S.-China Health Systems at Yale.

Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

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IZA Publications

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
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