2020 applicants

Dr Yikai Wang

Department of Economics
Dr Yikai Wang
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874168

  • Location

    5B.131, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00



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 . From 2014 to 2019. His papers have been published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, etc. Research interests: economic growth, political economy, optimal taxation, and macro labor. Personal website: yikaiwang.weebly.com.


  • 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., The Politico-Economic Dynamics of China’s Growth. Journal of the European Economic Association

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


+44 (0) 1206 874168


5B.131, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00