Jiuchen Deng

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Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Economics
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
Research Interests

Jiuchen is an applied microeconomist specializing in labor economics, development economics, and child development. He applies a human capital formation model and a bunching with control function approach to investigate the formation process of adolescents’ Big Five personality traits, as well as the mathematical and verbal skills. Jiuchen also explores the labor market implications of personality traits and cognitive skills. Beyond his primary research focus, Jiuchen also studies the impact of electronic waste on children’s health and causally identifies the underlying mechanisms of the impact. Additionally, he is actively involved in research related to public health, particularly focusing on issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

His research interests include:

  1. Labor Economics
  2. Human capital formation 
  3. Education and child development
  4. Health impacts in early childhood

Jiuchen is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, focusing on labor economics, development economics, and child development. His primary research is centered on understanding the formation process of children’s Big Five personality traits and cognitive skills and explores the labor market implications. Additionally, Jiuchen is interested in investigating health impacts during early childhood. He also actively engages in research related to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jiuchen has a variety of research and teaching experience. Currently, he serves as a research assistant at the Minnesota Population Center, collaborating with multiple professors on diverse research projects during the 2023/2024 academic year. Previously, he worked as a teaching assistant for numerous courses in the Department of Applied Economics and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In Fall 2023, he also served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching Introductory Statistics at the Economics and Political Science Department of St. Catherine University.