Nancy Qian
Nancy Qian

MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS & DECISION SCIENCES
Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

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Nancy Qian is Visiting Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences. She is a native of Shanghai, China and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Qian taught at Brown University and was a visiting scholar at the department of economics at Harvard University while she was post-doctoral fellow of the prestigious Harvard Academy Scholars program. 

Her research is focused on providing rigorous empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that broadly fall into two sub-categories: demography and development, and institutions and development. Her works in the first category include studies of the economic determinants of missing women, the effects of changes in family size on child educational attainment, the long run effects of famine on health and labor supply, the historical effect of the Columbian Exchange on population growth and urbanization, and the extent to which human capital differences can explain cross-country income differences. Her works in the second category include a study of the institutional causes of China's Great Famine, the effect of elections, the determinants of successful democracy, the determinants and consequences of humanitarian aid, government influence on the media, and several studies on private sector growth and economic transition in China.

Professor Qian's work has been published in top academic journals and featured by the media in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Both the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Science featured her paper on the historical effect of potatoes as the "Editor's Choice". In addition to teaching and research, she currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and has consulted for development agencies such as The World Bank or the Global Development Network.



Print Vita
Education
Doctor of Philosophy, 2005, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts, 2001, Economics, Government, Japanese and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, High Honors

Academic Positions
Associate Professor, Economics, Yale University, 2013-present
Visiting Scholar, Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University, 2016-present
Visiting Scholar, Economics, Booth Business School, University of Chicago, 2015-present
Visiting Scholar, Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University, 2014-present
Affiliate, Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University, 2014-present
Affiliate, Leitner Center for Political Economy, Yale University, 2014-present
Assistant Professor, Economics, Yale University, 2009-2013
Visiting Scholar, Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University, 2011-2012
Visiting Scholar, Booth Business School, University of Chicago, 2009-present
Visiting Scholar, Economics, Harvard University, 2007-2009
Harvard Academy Scholar, Harvard University, 2007-2009
Assistant Professor, Economics, Brown University, 2005-2005
Affiliate, Populations Studies and Training Center, Brown University, 2005-2009

Print Research
Research Interests

Development Economics, Political Economy, Historical Development



Articles
Qian, Nancy and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Forthcoming. Government Distortion in Independently Owned Media: Evidence from U.S. Cold War News Coverage of Human Rights. Journal of European Economics.
Qian, Nancy and Pierre Yared. 2015. The Institutional Causes of Famine in China, 1959-61. The Review of Economic Studies. 82(4): 1568-1611.
Qian, Nancy. 2015. Making Progress on Foreign Aid. The Annual Review of Economics. 7: 277-308.
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2014. U.S. Food Aid and Civil Conflict.(104(6)): 1630-1666.
Liu, Jin-Tan and Nancy Qian. 2014. More Missing Women, Fewer Dying Girls: The Impact of Abortion on Sex Ratios at Birth and Excess Female Mortality in Taiwan. The Journal of European Economic Association.(12(4)): 899-926.
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2011. The Impact of Potatoes on Old World Population and Urbanization. The Quarterly Journal of Economics.(126(2))
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2010. The Columbian Exchange: a Historical Change in Food, Disease and Ideas. The Journal of Economic Perspectives.(24(2)): 163-188.
Qian, Nancy and David Yanagizawa-Drott. 2009. The Strategic Determinants of U.S. Human Rights Reporting: Evidence from the Cold War. The Journal of European Economic Association Papers and Proceedings.(7(2-3)): 446-457.
Piketty, Thomas and Nancy Qian. 2009. Income Inequality and Progressive Income Taxation in China and India, 1986-2010. The American Economic Journal – Applied Economics.(1(2)): 53-63.
Qian, Nancy. 2008. Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of Sex-Specific Income on Sex Imbalance. The Quarterly Journal of Economics.(123(3)): 1251-1285.
Working Papers
Qian, Nancy and Todd Schoelman. 2015. Life Cycle Wage Growth Across Countries.
Porzio, Tommaso, Nancy Qian and Todd Schoelman. 2014. Lifecycle Human Capital Accumulation Across Countries: Evidence from U.S. Immigrants.
Martinez Bravo, Monica, Gerard Padro i Miguel, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao. 2012. Political Reform in China: Elections, Public Goods and the Income Distribution.
Padro i Miguel, Gerard, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao. 2012. Social Fragmentation, Elections and Public Goods: Evidence from China.
Padro i Miguel, Gerard, Nancy Qian, Yao Yiqing and Yang Yao. 2015. Making Democracy Work: Culture, Social Capital and Elections in China.
Nix, Emily and Nancy Qian. 2015. The Fluidity of Race: 'Passing' in the United States, 1880- 1940.
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2015. The Long-run Effects of Agricultural Productivity on Conflict, 1400-1900.
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2015. The Long-run Effects of Climate Change on Conflict, 1400-1900.
Qian, Nancy and Xiaoxue Zhao. 2013. Economic Transition and Private-Sector Labor Demand: Evidence from Urban China.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Tommaso Porzio and Nancy Qian. 2014. Aggregate Fertility and Household Savings: A General Equilibrium Analysis using Micro data.
Qian, Nancy and Jaya Wen. 2016. Trust, Growth and Political Stability.
Golosov, Mikhail and Nancy Qian. 2015. Understanding the Influence of Government-Owned Media: Evidence from Air Pollution in China.
Qian, Nancy and Jaya Wen. 2015. Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign and the Import of Luxury Goods in China.
Martinez Bravo, Monica, Gerard Padro i Miguel, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao. 2011. Do Local Elections in Non-Democracies Increase Accountability? Evidence from Rural China.
Qian, Nancy. 2009. Quantity-Quality and the One Child Policy: The Positive Effect of Family Size on School Enrollment in China.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Esther Duflo and Nancy Qian. 2012. On the Road: Transportation and Infrastructure Growth in China.
Meyersson, Erik, Gerard Padro i Miguel and Nancy Qian. 2008. The Rise of China and the Natural Resource Curse in Africa.
Meng, Xin and Nancy Qian. 2009. The Long-run Impact of Famine on Survivors: Evidence from China's Great Famine 1959-61.
Qian, Nancy and Jaya Wen. 2016. Trust, Growth and Political Turnover.
Book Chapters
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. 2014. "The Determinants of Food Aid Provisions to Africa and the Developing World." In African Successes: Sustainable Growth, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Qian, Nancy. 2014. "Village Governance in China." In The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China, Oxford University Press.
Qian, Nancy. 2007. "Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of Sex-Specific Earnings on Sex Imbalance." In China Labor Economics [Chinese], Beijing: China Academy of Social Sciences Press.

 
Print Teaching
Teaching Interests

Economic Development, Political Economy, Economies of the Population, Development Economics, Empirical Methods, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Population


Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Thought Leadership Seminar (MECN-484-5)
Objective: This thought leadership seminar is designed to facilitate an in-depth exploration of issues facing developing countries, which typically have worse institutions and more violent histories than rich countries. After an introduction about some key differences between rich and poor countries today, we will discuss the determinants and consequences of foreign aid, famine, conflict, democracy and economic growth. Each session will focus on a distinct topic to allow for a comprehensive, yet focused and digestible discussion of the subject matter from both a micro and a macro perspective. The course will discuss cross-country comparisons as well as focus on specific geographic areas such as China.

Format: This seminar consists of lectures, class discussions and group assignments. Source materials will include a combination of first-hand case studies, recent academic and policy research. Students will also be asked – in groups – to lead a discussion/debate on the most important and controversial development policy questions today. They will write a corresponding short opinion / editorial piece and write and present a focused paper in one of the sessions´ topic areas.

Requirements: Prior exposure to statistics/econometrics and micro economics. Interest in economic and institutional development. A high level of preparedness and participation is essential to ensure that the seminar is a rewarding experience for all participants.