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  • Ying Chen

    Associate Professor of Economics; Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor, Economics


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    Ying Chen


    Ying Chen is Associate Professor of Economics at the New School and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work explores the contradictions within capitalism and how they exhibit themselves. Topics she has studied include economic development, labor, and climate change, with a special focus on the global south. She has published in journals including Environment and Development Economics, Economics and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor and Society, Review of Radical Political Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, and so on. She was also consulted for the working of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2021.

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago
    B.A. Economics, Shanghai International Studies University

    Professional Affiliation

    Member of the Executive Council at Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

    Member of the Editorial Board and Manuscript Collective at Science & Society

    Associate Editor for Journal of Labor and Society

    Member of Faculty Advisory Committee at the India China Institute, The New School  

    Referee for Review of Radical Political Economics, The Economic and Labor Relations Review, Land Use Policy, International Labor Review, Competition and Change, Sustainable Development, American Journal of Economics and Sociology.   

    Recent Publications

    Journal Articles

    2022 How Has Ecological Imperialism Persisted? A Marxian Critique to the Western Climate Consensus. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, accepted and forthcoming. 

    2022 Beyond the nation-state narrative: an empirical inquiry into the cross-country and cross-income-group carbon consumption patterns (with Güney Isikara). Environment and Development Economics, 27(1), 67-85. 

    2021 Building Community-Centered Social Infrastructure: A Feminist Inquiry into China’s COVID-19 Experiences (with Yang Zhan and Zhongjin Li), Economia Politica (2021): 1-19. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40888-021-00250-8

    2021 Global Green New Deal: A Global South Perspective (with An Li), The Economic and Labour Relations Review. 2021;32(2):170-189. doi:10.1177/10353046211015765   

    2021 Beyond the Nation-State Narrative: An Empirical Inquiry into the Cross-Country and Cross-Income-Group Carbon Consumption Patterns (with Güney Isikara), Environment and Development Economics, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S1355770X21000036 

    2019 Spatial Shift in China’s Labor Struggles: Evidence and Implication. Journal of Labor and Society, 1-10.

    2018 The Myth of Hukou: Re-Examining Hukou’s Implications for China’s Development Model, Review of Radical Political Economics, 1-16.

    2018  Renewable Energy Investment and Employment in China, International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 32.

    2017  Informal Economy and China’s Economic Development (with Zhun Xu), Chinese Economy, Vol. 50, Issue: 6, December, 425-433. 

    2015  Are Chinese Workers Paid the Correct Wages? Measuring Wage Underpayment in the Chinese Industrial Sector, 2005-2010 (with Zhun Xu and Minqi Li), Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 47 Issue 3 September.

    2013  Class Struggle and Economic Fluctuations: VAR Analysis of the post-War U.S. Economy (with Deepankar Basu and Jong-seok Oh), International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 27 No.5 September.

    2012  Living Wage, Overtime Work and China’s Sustainable Economic Development (with Zhongjin Li, Hao Qi, Zhun Xu), China Review of Political Economy (in Chinese).


    Book Chapters and Reports

    2021   Comparing Climate Stabilization Programs for China, The European Union, and United States (with Robert Pollin), commissioned by UNCTAD, section included in the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2021.

    2020   Why the Climate Crisis is Also the Crisis of Capitalism (with Güney Isikara) in Real World Micro: A Microeconomics Reader, Dollars & Sense.  

    2013:   "Financial Crises 1980s-2010" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History edited by Melvyn Dubofsky, Oxford University Press. 


    Public Scholarship

    2021      Global Green New Deal Needs A Global South Perspective (with An Li), Progress in Political Economy, August 10th, 2021. 

    2021     Social Infrastructure and the Care Crises: An Evaluation of China’s Covid-19 Experience (with Zhongjin Li and Yang Zhan), Dollars & Sense, July/August 2021.

    2021    Community Infrastructure and the Care Crises: An Evaluation of China’s COVID-19 Experience, India China Institute Pandemic Discourses, Mar 28th, 2021.  

    2019    Why the Climate Crisis Is Also the Crisis of Capitalism (with Güney Isikara), Dollars & Sense Real World Economics, July/August 2019.  

    2019   The Green New Deal: Wither Capitalism? (with Güney Isikara), Developing Economics, June 7th.

    2018    Are We Heading for Another Economic Crash? State of Nature.



    2021    Capitalism, Socialism and Ideology in China: An Alternative Historical Materialist Analysis,  for Historical Materialism and China Today, A Symposium on David Laibman’s “China: In the Perspective of Historical Materialism”, Science & Society, vol. 85, no. 3, July.   

    2021    Is Universal Basic Income Utopian (基本收入是乌托邦吗)? Review of Basic Income and How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing, China Book Review (中国图书评论), Issue no. 7, July, in Chinese.

    2020    Review of Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism by William Robinson, Science and Society, 84(2), April, page 295-6.

    2016:   Review of Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance by Lu Zhang, Labor History, 57(4), page 554-5..

    Performances and Appearances

    Selected Presentations and invited talks (since 2020)

    2022    Relevance of Socialism in China, Alison Des Forges Symposium on "Today's Socialisms and Human Rights", State University of New York at Buffalo, NY (April 2022).

    2022    Is Sustainable Development a Possibility in China? Invited and Hosted by China and Global Development Network, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hongkong Polytechnic University (Jan 2022)

    2021    China and the World Webinar Series, Panel 6, China and the Planet (Dec 15th, 2021). Organized by Transnational Institute, Gongchao.org, Made in China Journal, Lausan, Critical China Scholars and the Asia-Europe People’s Forum.

    2021    A Global South Perspective of Climate Change: The Case of China, Helsus Global South Encounters, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, Finland (June 2021).

    2020         The Role of the State in the Response to the Pandemic: comparative perspectives, panel speaker at the Young Scholar Initiatives (YSI) Virtual Plenary 2020, New Economic QuestionsNYC (Nov 6-15th).

    2020    How We Organize. Invited panelist for Prof. Jenny Chan’s book launch Dying for Iphone, Pluto Press Webinar (Oct 30th).

    2020  21st Century Capitalism and the Pandemic. Co-Guest Speaker with Prof. Richard Wolff at Global Pandemics in an Unequal World: Learning from Covid-19, University Lecture Program organized by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School (Oct 6th).

    2020   The Green New Deal and its Global Impact. Keynote Speaker at the Global Studies Association conference at St. Johns University, New York (June 3-5th). Cancelled due to COVID-19.

    2020   China: Socialism and After, at NSSR Sociology and Socialism Lecture Series organized by Prof. Andrew Arato (Apr 21st)

    2020   Replacing the Neoclassical Foundations in Microeconomics Teaching. Panel at Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Annual Conference (Feb 27- Mar 3rd)


    Media Interviews

    2020   Interview with podcast Introduction to Political Economy on Inequality in China (December 24th)

    2020   Interview with Georgian Public broadcasting on Capitalism After Covid-19 in the Context of the US-China Rivalry (May 19th)

    Research Interests

    Economic Development, Political Economy, Chinese Economy

    Awards And Honors

    2018 - 2020    China India Scholar-Leaders Fellowship

    2017                Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies Faculty Fellowship

    Current Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GECO 7991, Spring 2024

    Graduate Microeconomics
    GECO 6190, Spring 2024

    Ind Senior Project
    LECO 4990, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    LECO 3950, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    GECO 6990, Spring 2024

    Mentored Research
    GECO 6993, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GECO 7991, Fall 2024, Summer 2024

    Ind Senior Project
    LECO 4990, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    LECO 3950, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GECO 6990, Fall 2024

    Mentored Research
    GECO 6993, Fall 2024, Summer 2024

    Past Courses

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GECO 7991, Fall 2023

    Economic Development 1
    GECO 6290, Fall 2023

    Environment & Development
    LECO 3031, Fall 2023

    Ind Senior Project
    LECO 4990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    LECO 3950, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GECO 6990, Fall 2023

    Mentored Research
    GECO 6993, Fall 2023, Summer 2023

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