Nancy Qian

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CEAS Affiliate
Northwestern Kellogg
Areas of interest : 
Development Economics; Labor Economics; Political Economy
China, Transregional

Nancy Qian is a 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. Prior to Kellogg, Professor Qian taught at Yale University and 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 empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that broadly fall into three sub-categories: demography and development, geography 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 work in the second category includes studies that explore the long-run effects of climate change on conflict and the long-run influence of agricultural productivity on economic growth and conflict. Her works in the third 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 includes extensive analysis of historical data and she is an expert of the Chinese economy. Her research has been published in top academic journals and featured by the media in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and National Science Foundation grants. She serves in several editorial positions and has consulted for development agencies such as The World Bank, the Global Development Network and China Development Bank.