Shing-Yi Wang

Shing-Yi Wang
  • Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

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  • office Address:

    323 Vance Hall
    3733 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: development economics, labor economics

Links: Personal Website


Shing-Yi Wang is an Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton. She is also a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Prior to joining Wharton, she was an assistant professor in the department of economics at New York University. She has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She specializes in development economics and labor economics with a focus on microeconomic issues related to property rights and migration. While much of her research is on China, she has also examined questions in India, Mongolia, and the United Arab Emirates. Her research has appeared in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is currently a co-editor at the Journal of Development Economics and an associate editor at the American Economic Review.

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  • BEPP2030 - Bus in Global Pol Envir

    This course examines the non-market components of business and the broader political, regulatory, and civil context in which companies function. This course addresses how businesses interact with political and regulatory institutions, as well as the general public, with a focus on the global economy. The first portion examines the realities associated with political economy and the actual making of laws and regulations by imperfect politicians and regulators. The second portion analyzes the economic rationale for legislation and regulation in the presence of market failures. The course covers specific market failures and potential solutions including government regulation.

  • BEPP2330 - Consumers,Firms & Market

    Nearly four-fifths of the world's population lives in low income or developing countries. Though currently far behind the U.S., the 15 fastest growing economies/markets in the world are all developing countries. And developing countries already account for 6 of the world's 15 largest economies. This course will examine economic life, including consumers, firms and markets, in low income countries. We will apply both economic theory and empirical analysis for analyzing the roles of both business and government in consumption, production and market equilibria.

  • BEPP2990 - Independent Study

  • BEPP9000 - Research Seminar

    Of the many ways that doctoral students typically learn how to do research, two that are important are watching others give seminar presentations (as in Applied Economics Seminars) and presenting one's own research. The BEPP 9000 course provides a venue for the latter. Wharton doctoral students enrolled in this course present applied economics research. Presentations both of papers assigned for other classes and of research leading toward a dissertation are appropriate in BEPP 9000. This course aims to help students further develop a hands-on understanding of the research process. All doctoral students with applied microeconomic interests are encouraged to attend and present. Second and third year Applied Economic Ph.D. students are required to enroll in BEPP 9000 and receive one-semester credit per year of participation.

  • BEPP9410 - Development Economics

    This course will cover current microeconomic issues of developikng countries including poverty, risk, savings, human capital, and institutions. We will also explore the causes and consequences of market failures that are common in many developing countries with a focus on credit, land, and labor markets. The course is designed to introduce recent research with focus on empirical methods and testing theories with data.

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Labor Mobility for Migrants: How Open Should the Door Be?

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