Departments & Organizations
Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of 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, the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Macmillan Center, the Yale Institute for Network Science, and the Yale-China Association. His research focuses on fetal and early childhood development, population aging and public policies, climate change and health, and quality of life.
Chen has been collaborating with researchers from Peking University to better understand the long lasting impact of air pollution on happiness, mental health, cognitive functioning, productivity, and the economy; Chen leads multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to investigate how social pensions promote health and healthy aging; Chen works with Yale PEPPER Center and Yale Program on Aging to link the two ends of life course to better understand how early childhood circumstances determine health disparities in old age; Chen works with Zhejiang University to evaluate a major medical payment reform in China that affects 1 billion population; Chen also works with the Environmental Health Science Division at Yale on a novel transdisciplinary project, the CHALLENGE (China Longitudinal Environmental, Genetic, and Economic Cohort), that studies children aged 0-6 years old who were recruited at conception; Chen leads a longitudinal household survey in rural China with a unique social network data collection sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to better understand social networks and health behaviors.
Chen is a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and its Cluster Lead in Environment and Human Capital in Developing Countries, President-Elect of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS), a reviewer of the National Sciences Foundation (NSF), an associate editor of China Health Review, a reviewer of 30 peer-reviewed journals, a visiting professor at Nanjing University, and an alumni affiliate of Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors & Disparities. He has been consulting for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). He has been an affiliate of Cornell Population Center, Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (both Poverty Project and Judgment Project).
Chen's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best Paper Award (2011) and the Outstanding Dissertation Award (2013) of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, George Warren Award of Cornell University (2012), Macmillan Faculty Award (2013) and James Tobin Award (2014) of Yale University, NIH/NIA Award (2014), and the U.S. Federal PEPPER Center Scholar Award (2016). His research has been covered in various popular media, such as The Macmillan Report, The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and China Central Television.
Chen obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
Education & Training
|PhD||Cornell University (2012)|
|MS||Nanjing Agricultural University (2007)|
Honors & Recognition
Outstanding Doctoral DissertationAgricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) (2013)
Best China Paper, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) AAEA (2011)
Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAIC) (2017) PEPPER Scholar
Global Labor Organization (2017) Fellow; Cluster Lead (Environment and Human Capital in Developing Countries)
China Health Policy and Management Society (2016) President-Elect (2016-2018); President (2018-2020)
National Science Foundation (NSF) (2015) Reviewer, Economics Program
China Health Review (peer-reviewed journal) (2015) Associate Editor
IZA Institute of Labor Economics (2014) Fellow
Yale-China Association (2014) Advisor, Chia Family Health Fellowship
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (2013) Reviewer
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (2012 - 2014) Consultant
Birth Spacing and Child Health Jakarta, Indonesia (2012)
This collaborative project investigates a causal connection between birth spacing and broad dimensions of child and maternal health status and dynamics using four waves of Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS).
New Approaches to Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability China; Helsinki, Finland (2011)
Working with researchers from United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), this project seeks innovative ways to measuring poverty and vulnerability that contribute to poverty and behavioral Economics.
Social Network Data Collection Anshun, China (2009)
Working with researchers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, I'm designing and implementing a unique social network data collection in the poorest Guizhou province in China. The detailed network collection involves multiple...
Poverty and Public Investment (2004-) Guiyang, China (2004)
Working together with researchers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, I have been engaging in developing and implementing a census-type longitudinal household and individual survey in rural western China. The initial goal of the...