Yang has been Professor of Business Administration at Darden School of Business
since 2012. He has taught first-year MBA classes on Global Economies and
Markets and is developing an elective course on China and Asia.
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,
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 Monetary Economics, Journal
of Development Economics, and Journal
of Comparative Economics. He has also co-edited three books on economic
reforms in China and served on the Editorial Boards of several international
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). He is also the President-elect of the
Association for Comparative Economic Studies and the vice president of Hong
Kong Economic Association. He has
undertaken consulting work for international organizations such as the World
Bank and The Conference Board as well as other leading multinational companies.
native of China, Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D.
in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Darden, he served
on the economics faculty at Duke University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Development and Growth
Labor and Demographic Economics
China and Transition
FY Global Economies and Markets
GEMBA Global Economies and Markets
Yang, Dennis and Xiaodong Zhu (forthcoming): "Modernization of Agriculture and Long-Run Growth," Journal of Monetary Economics.
Yang, Dennis (2012): "Aggregate Savings and External Imbalances in China," Journal of Economic Perspectives 26 (4): 125-146.
Restuccia, Diego, Dennis Yang and Xiaodong Zhu (2008): "Agriculture and Aggregate Productivity: A Quantitative Cross-Country Analysis," Journal of Monetary Economics 55 (2): 234-250.
Li, Wei and Dennis Yang (2005): "The Great Leap Forward: Anatomy of a Central Planning Disaster," Journal of Political Economy 113 (4): 840-877.
Yang, Dennis (2005): "Determinants of Schooling Returns during Transition: Evidence from Chinese Cities," Journal of Comparative Economics 33: 244-264.
Yang, Dennis (2004): "Education and Allocative Efficiency: Household Income Growth during Rural Reforms in China," Journal of Development Economics 74 (1): 137-162.
Yang, Dennis and Mark An (2002): "Human Capital, Entrepreneurship, and Farm Household Earnings," Journal of Development Economics 68 (1): 65-88.
Lin, Justin and Dennis Yang (2000): "Food Availability, Entitlement and the Chinese Famine of 1959-61," Economic Journal 110 (1): 136-158.
Yang, Dennis (1999): "Urban-Biased Policies and Rising Income Inequality in China," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 89 (2): 306-10.
Yang, Dennis (1997): "Education and Off-Farm Work," Economic Development and Cultural Change, 45 (3): 613-32.
Ge, Suqin and Dennis Yang (2012): “Changes in China’s Wage Structure,” IZA Discussion Paper No. 6492.
Ge, Suqin, Dennis Yang and Junsen Zhang (2012): “Population Policies, Demographic Structural Changes, and the Chinese Household Saving Puzzle” IZA Discussion Paper No. 7026.
Sheng, Liugang and Dennis Yang (2011): “Speeding up the Product Cycle: the Role of Host Country Reforms,” IZA Discussion Paper No. 6054.