Dr Yikai Wang

Department of Economics
Dr Yikai Wang



Yikai Wang joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in September 2019. He obtained a PhD degree in Economics with summa cum laude from the University of Zurich in 2014 and worked at the University of Oslo as an Assistant Professor of Economics from 2014 to 2019. Yikai works on topics such as macro labor, public finance, and political economy. He has published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, etc. 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)

Previous supervision

Ziyi Huang
Ziyi Huang
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Master of Research
Awarded date: 1/12/2021


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 (3)

Wang, Y., Hagedorn, M., Holter, H. and Acikgoz, O., The Optimum Quantity of Capital and Debt

Wang, Y., Song, Z., Zilibotti, F. and Storesletten, K., Private Affluence and Public Poverty: A Theory of Intergenerational Predation through Debt

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



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