Chih Ming Tan

Chih Ming Tan

Professor Chih Ming Tan is the Page Endowed Chair in Applied Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance, Nistler College of Business and Public Administration (NCoBPA), University of North Dakota. He is also the Associate Dean for Research at NCoBPA and has been in that role since October 2019. He previously served as the Director of the Master of Science in Applied Economics and Predictive Analytics (MSAEPA) program from October 2016 to July 2022. 


Professor Tan received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He received his B.Sc. (First Class Honors) and M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Prior to joining UND, Professor Tan taught for nine years at Tufts University and Clark University in Massachusetts. He has also worked as an Economic Analyst (NS) for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Singapore.


Professor Tan is an applied econometrician with research interests in the fields of inequality and mobility, economic growth & development, global health, and econometrics. He has applied advanced econometric approaches including machine learning methods to uncover status traps in mobility processes as well as endogenous social groupings in redistribution preferences. He has also applied machine learning methods to uncover convergence clubs in economic growth across countries. His interest in health economics is driven by the importance of early childhood health on the accumulation of human capital that, in turn, has deep implications for economic growth, inequality, and mobility. His recent research has investigated the long-run impact of early health shocks on later life cognitive development and mental health outcomes in a variety of settings (China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Mexico). Professor Tan has also made substantive contributions in econometric theory. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics at the Ph.D. level and currently teaches the core advanced macroeconomics course, as well as a course on advanced program evaluation methods, in the MSAEPA program.


Professor Tan’s work has appeared in both leading general interest journals and top field journals including the Annual Review of Economics, Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, the Journal of Population Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, Econometric Theory, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics, the Journal of Macroeconomics, Empirical Economics, Economics and Human Biology, the Journal of Development Studies, the Economics Bulletin, the International Review of Economics and Finance, and others.


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