Fan Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
University of Houston


Fewer, Better Pathways for All? Intersectional Impacts of Rural School Consolidation in China’s Minority Regions,” [PDF] March 2022, World Development, Emily Hannum and Fan Wang

Same Environment, Stratified Impacts? Air Pollution, Extreme Temperatures, and Birth Weight in South China,” [PDF] October 2021, Accepted, Social Science Research, Xiaoying Liu, Jere Behrman, Emily Hannum, Fan Wang, and Qingguo Zhao

You are What Your Parents Expect: Height and Local Reference Points,” [PDF] September 2021, Accepted, Journal of Econometrics, Fan Wang, Esteban Puentes, Jere R. Behrman, and Flavio Cunha

An Empirical Equilibrium Model of Formal and Informal Credit Markets in Developing Countries,” [PDF] September 2021, Forthcoming, Review of Economic Dynamics, Fan Wang

Estimating the Effects of Educational System Consolidation: The Case of China’s Rural School Closure Initiative,” [PDF] October 2021, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Emily Hannum, Xiaoying Liu, and Fan Wang

Early Life Height and Weight Production Functions with Endogenous Energy and Protein Inputs,” [PDF] September 2016, Economics & Human Biology, Esteban Puentes, Fan Wang, Jere R. Behrman, Flavio Cunha, John Hoddinott, John A. Maluccio, Linda S. Adair, Judith Borja, and Reynaldo Martorell

Working Papers

“Optimal Allocations to Heterogeneous Agents with an Application to Stimulus Checks,” December 2021, Revised and Resubmitted, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vegard M. Nygaard, Bent E. Sørensen, and Fan Wang, Subsumes and Replaces Wang (2020) and Nygaard, Sørensen, and Wang (2020)


“Women’s Labor Force Participation and the Distribution of the Gender Wage Gap,” December 2021, Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy, Sonia R. Bhalotra, Manuel Fernandez, and Fan Wang


Recent Classes

Intro Math for Econ (index, bookdown, pdf), Undergraduates, Spring 2022

Intro Statistics (index, bookdown, pdf), Undergraduates, Spring 2022


MEconTools: Heterogeneous agents dynamic programming toolbox (Matlab)

REconTools: Data analysis and optimization package (R)

pyfan: Research support tools and cloud services (Python)


Research Projects

PrjOptiSNW: Optimal COVID stimulus

PrjOptiAlloc: Optimal allocation of resources

CodeDynaAsset: Savings and borrowing


Data structures, graphs, etc (index, bookdown, pdf) Matlab

Panel dataframes, regressions, etc (index, bookdown, pdf) R

System, cloud, etc (index, bookdown, pdf) Python

Regressions, tex tables, etc (index) Stata

Equations, tikz, paper templates (index) Tex

and others