I'm an assistant professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. I'm also a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. My areas of interest involve Health, Labor, and Development Economics, Social Interactions and Networks, and Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. Specifically, my research focuses on four areas: 1) fetal and early child development; 2) aging and pension policy; 3) social network interactions; and 4) happiness and individual well-being.
My research has attracted much public media attention, including the Macmillan Report and the Economist. In the past three years, I've been awarded the Best China Paper by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) China Sessions (2011), the George Warren Award by Cornell University (2012), the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award by the AAEA (2013), and the MacMillan Faculty Research Award by Yale University (2013).
Building upon the existing literature, my research relies on long-term field observations and primary data collection experiences. I'm an active member in the research team for designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey and a unique real social network data collection in rural western China. I'm a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). I serve as a consultant for United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and an external reviewer for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). I've been affiliated with Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) (both Poverty Project and Judgment Project). I also serve on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).
I received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2012.
Last Update: 06-20-2014