Xi Chen

Yale University, School of Public Health
Department of Economics
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2017Leaving Money on the Table? Suboptimal Enrollment in the New Social Pension Program in China
with Lipeng Hu, Jody L. Sindelar: w24065
China’s recently implemented New Rural Pension Scheme (NRPS), the largest social pension program in the world, was designed to provide financial protection for its rural population and reduce economic inequities. Yet the impact of this program is mitigated if those eligible fail to enroll. This paper examines the extent to which pension-eligible individuals, and their families, make optimal pension decisions. Families are involved in the NRPS decisions because, in most cases, adult children need to enroll as a prerequisite of their parents’ receipt of benefits. We examine the decisions of both those eligible for pension benefits (i.e. over 60 years old) and their adult children. We use the rural sample of the 2012 China Family Panel Study to study determinants of the decision to enroll in ...

Published: Xi Chen & Lipeng Hu & Jody Sindelar, 2019. "Leaving Money on the Table? Suboptimal Enrollment in the New Social Pension Program in China," The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, . citation courtesy of

August 2010The Value of Luminosity Data as a Proxy for Economic Statistics
with William D. Nordhaus: w16317
One of the pervasive issues in social and environmental research has been to improve the quality of socioeconomic data in developing countries. Because of the shortcoming of standard data sources, the present study examines luminosity (measures of nighttime lights) as a proxy for standard measures of output. The paper compares output and luminosity at the country levels and at the 1° x 1° grid-cell levels for the period 1992-2008. The results are that luminosity has very little value added for countries with high-quality statistical systems. However, it may be useful for countries with the lowest statistical grades, particularly for war-torn countries with no recent population or economic censuses. The results also indicate that luminosity has more value added for economic density estimate...

Published: Xi Chen and William Nordhaus, "Using luminosity data as a proxy for economic statistics," Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US), May 24, 2011, 108(21): 8589-8594

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