Yvonne Jie Chen


Yvonne Jie Chen

Associate Professor

Research Area

Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, Economic Inequality

Contact Information

393 Huaxia Middle Road, SEM, Rm 306, Shanghai, China, 201210



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Dr. Chen is an associate professor at ShanghaiTech University School of Entrepreneurship and Management.She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 2012, M.A. in economics from Yale University in 2006 and B.S. in computer science and economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Magna cum Laude in 2003.

Selected Publications

1. Chen, Yvonne J., Li Li and Yun Xiao, “Early life exposure to tap water and the development of cognitive skills.” Forthcoming, Journal of Human Resources

2. Chindarkar, Namrata, Yvonne J. Chen and Shilpa Sathe, “Link between farm electricity supply management, farm investments, and farm incomes - Evidence from India”, Energy Policy, Volume 141, June 2020, Article 111407

3. Chen, Yvonne J., Namrata Chindarkar and Yun Xiao, “The effect of reliable electricity on health facilities, health information, and health services utilization: Evidence from rural Gujarat, India.”, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 38(7), 2019

4Chindarkar, Namrata, Yvonne J. Chen and Yogendra B. Gurung, “Subjective well-being effects of coping costs: Evidence from household water supply in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.”, Journal of Happiness Studies, December 2019, Volume 20, Issue 8pp 2581–2608

5. Chen, Yvonne J., Zhiwu Chen and Shijun He, “Social norms and household savings rate in China.”, Review of Finance, Volume 23, Issue 5, September 2019, pp 961–991

6. Chen, Yvonne J., Pei Li and Yi Lu, “Career concerns and multitasking bureaucrats: Evidence of a target-based performance evaluation system in China.” Journal of Development Economics, Vol 133, 84-101, July 2018

7. Thampapillai, Dodo J. and Yvonne J. Chen, “Environmental macroeconomics: A neglected theme in environmental economics – Leave alone economics.“ Forthcoming, Singapore Economic Review(Online first 2018)

8. Chen, Yvonne J. and Namrata Chindarkar, “The value of skills – raising the socio-economic status for rural women in India.” Development Policy Review, Vol 35 Issue 2, Jan 2017