Ping Wang

Seigle Family Professor in Arts & Sciences, NBER Research Associate


Ping Wang with Nobel Laureate John Nash

Ping Wang received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in May 1987, being affiliated with Penn State University from 1987 to 1998 and with Vanderbilt from 1999 to 2005. His is presently Seigle Family Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Research Associate at the NBER, and Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the ABFER of the National University of Singapore. His major research areas include Growth and Development, Money and Macroeconomics, Economic Theory, and Spatial/Health Economics. He has published over 90 research articles in refereed journals, including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Theory (4), Journal of Monetary Economics (3), International Economic Review (5), and Review of Economics and Statistics (2).

He has supervised or co-supervised 36 Ph.D. and 4 M.A. students, visited the University of Rochester, the University of Washington, Purdue University, Tilburg University, the CORE, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the International Monetary Funds Institute, and is a frequent visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kobe University, Kyoto University, National Chengchi University, and Peking University. He served as Department Chair at Vanderbilt during 2002-2005 and at Washington University in St. Louis during 2005-08, Vice President of the Chinese Economic Association in North America during 1991-92, President of the Chinese Economic Association in North America in 2001, and President of the Midwest Economic Association in 2012-13. He was elected as a member of the Phi Tau Phi Honorary Society in 2005, as National Academy Fellow of Taiwan (Academician) in 2008, and as a 50 Navigating Distinguished Alumnus by National Chiao Tung University in 2018.

He is currently Co-Director of Midwest Macroeconomics Group, Vice President for Planning and Development of the East Asian Institute, Editor of Journal of Macroeconomics, and Associate Editor for Economics Bulletin and Regional Science and Urban Economics. His research focuses primarily on: (i) micro-founded theory in growth and development, (ii) intertemporally and spatially redistributive policy, (iii) search and match models of labor/family, money/credit and technology, (iv) agglomeration of productive economic activities, (v) labor market consequences of addiction/substance abuse and health/human capital investment decisions, (vi) positive and normative analysis of crime, corruption, casinos, and social networks, (vii) economic integration, outsourcing, venture capital and institutions, (viii) consequences of migration, housing and trade barriers, (ix) assimilation, technology choice, mismatch and misallocation, and (x) middle-income trap and wage stagnation.

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