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Ph.D., University of Chicago
Dennis Yang is the Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration. He has taught first-year MBA and GEMBA classes on Global Economies and Markets and is developing an elective course on China and Asia.
Yang's research focuses primarily on economic development and growth, as well as labor economics, especially in the context of China and economic transition. His work has covered a wide range of topics including household behavior, education, savings, poverty and famine, long-term growth, China's population policies, wage structure, and income distribution. He has published in leading economics journals, such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Development Economics. He has also co-edited three books on economic reforms in China and served on the editorial boards of several international economics journals.
Yang has held other positions worldwide. He is a senior research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany. He is also the President-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies and holds the Chang Jiang Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He has undertaken consulting work for international organizations such as the World Bank and The Conference Board as well as other leading multinational companies.
A native of China, Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Darden in 2012, he served on the economics faculty at Duke University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.