Fireside Chat featuring Xi Chen

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Tue, January 20, 2015 | 4:00pm-5:30pm
Fireside Chat featuring Xi Chen
442 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511

HEAD OF A CHICKEN OR TAIL OF A PHOENIX? “Relative Deprivation,” and Its Implications for Public Welfare and Policy

China’s strategy of “let some people get rich first” has resulted in unprecedented growth accompanied by worsening inequality. Relative deprivation, the subjective sense of socio-economic standing, has thus become an important force for a wide range of status-seeking behaviors and welfare change.

Chen will use first-hand material as well as existing empirical evidence from China to illustrate the patterns of relative deprivation and their impact on both objective and subjective dimensions of well-being. Finally, Prof. Chen will draw rich policy implications based on Chinese and international evidence.

Xi Chen

Xi Chen, a Fellow at the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty advisor in the Yale-China Association, is Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) with a secondary appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Economics. His research focuses on health, labor and development economics; social interactions and networks; and applied econometrics and quantitative methods in the areas of: 1) fetal and early child development; 2) aging and pension policy; 3) social network interactions; and 4) happiness and individual 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 Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award by the AAEA (2013), and the MacMillan Faculty Research Award at Yale University (2013), among others. Additionally, Chen is part of the research team designing and conducting the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) longitudinal household survey, and is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Finally, Chen serves as a consultant for the 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 a member of the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS).

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