Chang-Tai Hsieh

  • Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics
  • University of Chicago


Steering group members


Chang-Tai Hsieh is an IGC Steering Group Member.

Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and is a member of the IGC's Steering Group. Hsieh has published several papers in economic journals, including "Can Free Entry be Inefficient? Fixed Commissions and Social Waste in the Real Estate Industry," in the Journal of Political Economy; "What Explains the Industrial Revolution in East Asia? Evidence from the Factor Markets," in the American Economic Review; and "Was the Federal Reserve Constrained by the Gold Standard During the Great Depression? Evidence from the 1932 Open Market Purchase Program," written with Christina Romer in the Journal of Economic History. Hsieh has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as the World Bank's Development Economics Group and the Economic Planning Agency in Japan. He is a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development. Along with Robin Burgess, Hsieh is co-director of the Micoreconomics of Growth Network at the World Bank. He is the recipient of a Kaufman Foundation Research Grant, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Fellowship, and several research grants from the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation. Hsieh attended Swarthmore College where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics with high honors in 1991. He received a PhD in economics from University of California at Berkeley in 1998.