Xi Chen

Yale University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Economics, Yale University, USA

Research interest

Health, labor, and development economics

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • “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.