Dr Yikai Wang

Department of Economics
Dr Yikai Wang
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874168

  • Location

    5B.131, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thursday 10--12



Yikai Wang joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in September 2019. He was awarded a PhD degree in Economics with summa cum laude from the University of Zurich in 2014 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Oslo during 2014--2019. His papers have been published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, etc. Research interests: Political Economy, Macro Labor, Optimal Taxation, Chinese Economy. Personal website:


  • Ph.D. University of Zurich, (2014)

  • M.A. Fudan University, (2008)

  • B.S. Fudan University, (2005)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • MREs Macroeconomics (EC404)

  • Macroeconomics (EC904)


Journal articles (3)

Wang, Y., (2021). The Politico-Economic Dynamics of China’s Growth. Journal of the European Economic Association. 19 (1), 305-346

Wang, Y., (2016). The Political Economy of the Middle-Income Trap: Implications for Potential Growth. Asian Development Review. 33 (2), 167-181

Song, Z., Storesletten, K., Wang, Y. and Zilibotti, F., (2015). Sharing High Growth across Generations: Pensions and Demographic Transition in China. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. 7 (2), 1-39

Reports and Papers (1)

Wang, Y. and Hagedorn, M., (2020). Differential Fiscal Policy Induced Innovations in Consumer Markets

+44 (0) 1206 874168


5B.131, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursday 10--12