Welcome! My name is Zhixiu Yu.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a visiting research fellow at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School. I am also a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group (HCEO) Markets Network at Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. I recently graduated with my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in the summer of 2022. 

I have broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on macroeconomics, labor economics, and public finance, including topics such as taxation, digital currencies, social insurance, population aging, health inequality, and human capital.  My research primarily combines rigorous structural models, rich microdata, econometric methods, and large-scale simulations to study how taxation and social insurance programs affect the economic decisions of households, particularly those involving program participation, labor supply,  and savings behaviors. 

Curriculum Vitae 

Research Fields 

Macroeconomics, Labor, Health, and Public Economics


I was invited to present at Stanford University, SIEPR 2022 Working Longer and Retirement Conference.

I presented "Why Are Older Men Working More? The Role of Social Security" at the NBER Conference --- The Labor Market for Older Workers, Spring 2022, discussion by Jeffrey Brown. Here is a link to my presentation.

I won the Best PhD Paper Presentation Award at the 29th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research and the University of New South Wales.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 

National Bureau of Economic Research

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

Email: zhixiuyu [at] nber.org   

yuxx0616 [at] umn.edu