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Dr. Chris Li Zhang

Dr. Chris Li Zhang joined IMPAQ in July 2016 as a Research Associate. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics at the University of Virginia in May 2016.

Expertise

Dr. Zhang’s research interests include public and labor economics, household finance, behavioral economics, and gambling goods. His research has involved quasi-experimental design, economic modeling, analyzing large household-level datasets, analyzing data with missing variables or measurement errors, and geo-spatial analysis. Dr. Zhang is an expert in the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey. During his Ph.D. education, he was a visiting researcher at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with access to the confidential CE data for his research on estimating the effect of casinos on the U.S. non-gambling economy.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Zhang was an economics Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia. He worked as a Visiting Researcher at the BLS from 2014 to 2016. Before his Ph.D. education, he worked as a Research Analyst in the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (HKMC), a Hong Kong government agency that aims to promote homeownership.

Education

Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2016. He received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto in 2008, and his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Toronto in 2007. He is a regular presenter and participant of the Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop organized by the BLS.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Choi, J. & Zhang, C.L. (2016, July). The Effect of Casinos on the Non-Gambling Economy: Evidence from Nationwide Household Spending Data. Presentation at the Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop, Washington, DC.

Zhang, C.L. (2015, November). Household Consumption Smoothing between Monthly Housing Payments. Presentation at the Southern Economic Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Zhang, C.L. (2015, September). Household Consumption Smoothing between Monthly Housing Payments. Presentation at the Bankard Public Economics Workshop, University of Virginia.

Zhang, C.L. (2014, July). The Effect of Casinos on Household Consumption. Presentation at the Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop, Washington, DC.