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  • Ying Chen

    Assistant Professor, Economics; Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor, Economics


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    D - Albert & Vera List Academic Center - 6 East 16th Street

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    Ying Chen


    Ying Chen is Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work mainly explores the contradictions within capitalism and how they exhibit themselves. Topics she has studied include economic development, labor, and climate change, with a special focus on the global south. She has published in journals including Environment and Development Economics, Economics and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor and Society, Review of Radical Political Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, and so on.

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago
    B.A. Economics, Shanghai International Studies University


    Recent Publications

    Journal Articles

    2021 Beyond the Nation-State Narrative: An Empirical Inquiry into the Cross-Country and Cross-Income-Group Carbon Consumption Patterns (with Güney Isikara), published online at Environment and Development Economics.  

    2021 Global Green New Deal: A Global South Perspective (with An Li), forthcoming at Economics and Labor Relations Review (2021 June Special Issue on the Green New Deal)

    2019 Spatial Shift in China’s Labor Struggles: Evidence and Implication. Journal of Labor and Society, 1-10.

    2018 The Myth of Hukou: Re-Examining Hukou’s Implications for China’s Development Model, Review of Radical Political Economics, 1-16.

    2018  Renewable Energy Investment and Employment in China, International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 32.

    2017  Informal Economy and China’s Economic Development (with Zhun Xu), Chinese Economy, Vol. 50, Issue: 6, December, 425-433. 

    2015  Are Chinese Workers Paid the Correct Wages? Measuring Wage Underpayment in the Chinese Industrial Sector, 2005-2010 (with Zhun Xu and Minqi Li), Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 47 Issue 3 September.

    2013  Class Struggle and Economic Fluctuations: VAR Analysis of the post-War U.S. Economy (with Deepankar Basu and Jong-seok Oh), International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 27 No.5 September.

    2012  Living Wage, Overtime Work and China’s Sustainable Economic Development (with Zhongjin Li, Hao Qi, Zhun Xu), China Review of Political Economy (in Chinese).


    Book Chapters

    2020   Why the Climate Crisis is Also the Crisis of Capitalism (with Güney Isikara) in Real World Micro: A Microeconomics Reader, Dollars & Sense.  

    2013:   "Financial Crises 1980s-2010" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History edited by Melvyn Dubofsky, Oxford University Press. 



    2021    Capitalism, Socialism and Ideology in China: An Alternative Historical Materialist Analysis,  for Historical Materialism and China Today, A Symposium on David Laibman’s “China: In the Perspective of Historical Materialism”, Science & Society, vol. 85, no. 3, July.   

    2020    Review of Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism by William Robinson, Science and Society, 84(2), April, page 295-6.

    2016:   Review of Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance by Lu Zhang, Labor History, 57(4), page 554-5..


    Public Scholarship

    2021    Community Infrastructure and the Care Crises: An Evaluation of China’s COVID-19 Experience, India China Institute Pandemic Discourses, Mar 28th, 2021.  

    2019    Why the Climate Crisis Is Also the Crisis of Capitalism (with Güney Isikara), Dollars & Sense Real World Economics, July/August 2019.  

    2019   The Green New Deal: Wither Capitalism? (with Güney Isikara), Developing Economics, June 7th.

    2018    Are We Heading for Another Economic Crash? State of Nature.

    Research Interests

    Economic Development, Political Economy, Chinese Economy

    Awards And Honors

    2018 - 2020    China India Scholar-Leaders Fellowship

    2017                Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies Faculty Fellowship

    Current Courses

    Comparative Economic Systems

    Directed Dissertation Study

    Directed Dissertation Study (Spring 2021)

    Economic Development 2

    Graduate Microeconomics

    Graduate Microeconomics (Spring 2021)

    Ind Senior Project

    Ind Senior Project (Spring 2021)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2021)

    Independent Study

    Intermediate Microeconomics

    Intermediate Microeconomics (Spring 2021)

    Mentored Research

    Mentored Research (Spring 2021)

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