Xi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics; Research Fellow, IZA and The Macmillan Center

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Office of Student Research

School of Public Health: Climate Change and Health | Global Health Concentration | Health Policy & Management


Xi Chen is an assistant professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and holds a secondary appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Economics. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), a research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His research focuses on health, labor and development economics; social interactions and networks; and applied econometrics and quantitative methods in the areas of fetal and early childhood development, population aging and pension policy, climate change, social network interactions, and happiness and mental well-being.

Chen’s work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Best China Paper from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) China Sessions (2011), the George Warren Award from Cornell University (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the AAEA (2013), the MacMillan Faculty Research Award at Yale University (2013), James Tobin Summer Research Award at Yale Economics Department (2014), and an award from the National Institute of Health / National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) (2015). His research has widely attracted public media attention.

Chen is an active member in the core research team designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey in rural western China. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), serves as an associate editor of a peer-reviewed journal China Health Review, and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). He has served as a consultant for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), an external reviewer for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and an affiliate of Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS).

He 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)

International Activity

  • 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...

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Xi Chen, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 301

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Epidemiology & Public Health
PO BOX 208034

New Haven, CT 06520-8034