of Virginia Darden School of Business announced that Darden Professor Dennis
Yang now holds the Dale S. Coenen Professorship in Free Enterprise Research
Chair, an appointment that will last for three years.
Yang joined the Darden community in 2012. He teaches First Year
MBA classes on global economies and markets and is developing an elective
course on China and Asia.
A native of China, his childhood experiences led him to
research the impact of his country’s institutional reforms on economic
development and growth. He also examines ways to apply his findings to help other
His work appears in leading economics journals including American
Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, The Economic
Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal
of Development Economics and Journal of Comparative Economics.
This summer, Yang delivered
a keynote speech on “Changes in China’s Wage Structure” at the first biennial
Conference of China Development Studies in Shanghai. While there, he organized
and chaired a session on trade and inequality and presented his paper, “The
Ownership Structure of Offshoring and Wage Inequality: Theory and Evidence from
China.” He also served as an invited panelist at the Conference on Building
Data Infrastructure organized by the National Natural Science Foundation of
China in August.
Yang received his undergraduate degree from the University
of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of
Chicago. Prior to joining Darden, he was a member of the economics faculty at
Duke University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the
Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Dale S. Coenen Professorship in Free Enterprise was made
possible by Harry E. Figgie of Figgie International and The Figgie Foundation,
to support the area of finance.
This position was most recently held by Darden Professor
Richard Brownlee II.
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