Nancy Qian is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University, where she teaches Development Economics and Economics of the Population, and serves on the Graduate Recruiting Committee and as an Undergraduate Economic Faculty Advisor. Before coming to Yale, Dr. Qian has taught at Brown University and was at Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. She is a native of Shanghai, China and holds a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Nancy's research focuses on core issues in development economics such as missing women, famine, income inequality, aid, agricultural productivity, conflict and the role of political institutions in economic development. She is currently involved in several large projects such as studying the impact of grassroots democracy on population well-being and economic performance in rural China, the institutional causes of China's Great Famine, the determinants of private entrepreneurship growth in China, the misallocation of foreign aid and the historical role of potatoes in promoting nutrition and development in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Her work has been published in top academic journals and featured in media publications such as The Wall Street Journal or Time. She has received grants from prestigious institutions such as the National Science Foundation and was awarded a Harvard University Academy Scholar Fellowship. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and has consulted for development agencies such as The World Bank.
She presented her joint paper "The Rise of China and the Natural Resource Curse in Africa: Political Institutions and Human Rights" at the 2008 CESI, co-authored by Gerard Padro i Miquel. She also co-authored "Unbundling Property Rights: Urban Housing Privatization and Labor Mobility in China" which was presented at the 2009 CESI by Xin Meng. She also presented "On the Road: Access to Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Growth in China" that same year, a paper co-authored by her, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee.