Xuan Chen

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). I specialize in food and health economics, quantitative marketing, and empirical industrial organization. Currently, my research focuses on (i) the interaction of health, information, and consumer food purchase behaviors, (ii) pricing and marketing strategies of food manufacturers, retailers, and farmers, and (iii) economic analysis of local food and agricultural policy. My research leverages insights from large household and retailer scanner data to analyze the purchase behaviors of individuals.


  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics , Pennsylvania State University, May 2020 (expected)
  • M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Connecticut, 2013- 2014
  • M.A. Agricultural Economics, Renmin University of China, 2012-2015
  • B.A. Financial Management, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, 2008-2012

Research Interest

  • Food and health economics
  • Quantitative marketing
  • Empirical industrial organization

Current specific research topics:

  • Food addictive behaviors, health information and nutritional labeling, caffeine regulation, local food promotion, milk price regulation, farm-retail price transmission, and retail bargaining power.


  • Co-Instructor, AG BM 101, Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision making, spring 2018, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Guest Lecturer/ Volunteer Tutor, EEFE 510 - Econometrics I , fall 2018, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Teaching Assistant, AG BM 101, Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making, fall 2017, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Teaching Assistant ARE 3221 Business Strategies and Policy in Food Industries, spring 2015, University of Connecticut, CT.

I am in the job market this year (2019-2020) and look forward to seeing you at the ASSA January 2020 meetings in San Diego.

Please reach me at xuc79@psu.edu