Yale University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Economics, Yale University, USA
Health, labor, and development economics
Consultant, World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University; Faculty Advisor, Chia Family Health Fellowship, Yale-China Association; Research Fellow, The Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University
PhD Applied Economics, Cornell University, USA, 2012
“Blood plasma sales and hepatitis C epidemic.” Health Economics Review 4:30 (2014).
“Essays on social networks: Relative concerns, social interactions, and unintended consequences.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96:2 (2014): 607–608.
“Gift escalation and network structure in rural China.” PLoS ONE 9:8 (2014): e102104.
“Fetus, fasting, and festival: The persistent effects of in utero social shocks.” International Journal of Health Policy and Management 3 (2014): 165–169.
“Relative deprivation in China.” In: Fan, S., R. Kanbur, S. Wei, and X. Zhang (eds). The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp. 406–410.
- Behavioral and personnel economics
- Labor markets and institutions
- Transition and emerging economies
- Demography, family, and gender
Relative deprivation and individual well-being
Low status and a feeling of relative deprivation are detrimental to health and happinessXi Chen, April 2015People who are unable to maintain the same standard of living as others around them experience a sense of relative deprivation that has been shown to reduce feelings of well-being. Relative deprivation reflects conditions of worsening relative poverty despite striking reductions in absolute poverty. The effects of relative deprivation explain why average happiness has been stagnant over time despite sharp rises in income. Consumption taxes on status-seeking spending, along with official and traditional sanctions on excess consumption and redistributive policies may lessen the negative impact of relative deprivation on well-being.MoreLess