Welcome! My name is Zhixiu Yu.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Minnesota. 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 have broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on macroeconomics, labor economics, and public finance, including topics such as health inequality, social insurance, welfare reform, and digital currencies. My research primarily combines rigorous structural models, rich microdata, econometric methods, and large-scale simulations to answer policy-relevant questions. I place emphasis on the interplay between social insurance programs and household-level decisions with respect to labor supply, savings, human capital accumulation, and welfare program participation.

I am on the job market and will be available for interviews.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Fields

Macroeconomics and Monetary, Labor, Health, and Public Economics


Mariacristina De Nardi (Advisor), Jeremy Lise, Joseph Mullins, Oksana Leukhina

*New!*: 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.

*New!*: 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 University of New South Wales.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

1925 Fourth Street South

4-101 Hanson Hall

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Email: yuxx0616 [at] umn.edu

Twitter: @ZhixiuYu7