Yusi Ouyang PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Chapman Hall 235 918-631-2963


Yusi Ouyang's research is in the empirical microeconomics area of development economics. He studies well-being of disadvantaged groups in the developing world, especially China; and explore ways to improve socioeconomic outcomes for the poor and marginalized. His research in the past three years has primarily focused on socioeconomic disparities between China's ethnic minority people and their ethnic majority counterparts known as the Han. Taking advantage of household survey data, Ouyang investigated the extent and correlates of the Han-minority gap in health and nutrition status, educational outcomes, as well as educational opportunities. This summer, he also assisted with an evaluation of the effectiveness of Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s country assistance programs in promoting inclusive growth --- an economic development that is characterized by high and sustain economic growth, effective poverty reduction, and broadening of economic opportunities --- in some of the bank's developing member countries (China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan). In future research, Ouyang hopes to examine origins and consequences of China's rural-urban divide, especially the well-being of rural elderly people and children (left-behind or migrant) of migrant workers.

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Humboldt University of Berlin
M.A., Humboldt University of Berlin
B.A., North China University of Technology

Currently work on two research projects with collaborators: one examines China’s rural land policy and its implication for growth; the other explores how institutions directly attacking poverty can promote inclusive growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chinese Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Poverty, Inequality, and Growth

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Article

Ouyang, Y. & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. 2012. “Health Inequality between Ethnic Minority and Han Populations in China,” World Development, 40 (7): 1452-68.

Working Papers

Ouyang, Y. (2014). Elders’ Status with Chinese Households: 1989-2009. In preparation for submission.

Ouyang, Y. (2014). Education Inequality by Ethnicity in China: 1989-2006. In preparation for submission.

ECON 2013 Principles of EcoNomics I: MacroecoNomics
ECON 2073 Introduction to the Chinese EcoNomy
ECON 3173 Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth
ECON 3253 The Chinese EcoNomy