Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. Hsieh has published several papers in top economic journals, including “Can Free Entry be Inefficient? Fixed Commissions and Social Waste in the Real Estate Industry,” in the Journal of Political Economy; “What Explains the Industrial Revolution in East Asia? Evidence from the Factor Markets,” in the American Economic Review; and “Was the Federal Reserve Constrained by the Gold Standard During the Great Depression? Evidence from the 1932 Open Market Purchase Program,” written with Christina Romer in the Journal of Economic History.
He is the recipient of a Kaufman Foundation Research Grant, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Fellowship, and several research grants from the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation.
Hsieh attended Swarthmore College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with high honors in 1991. He received a PhD in economics from University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and joined Berkeley's faculty in 2003 as an associate professor. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, co-director of the Microeconomics of Growth Network at the World Bank, Faculty Research Fellow at NBER, and Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development.