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Dean Yang

Professor of Public Policy; Co-Director, International Policy Center; Professor of Economics; Research Professor, Populations Studies
Yang's research is on the economic problems of developing countries. His specific areas of interest include: international migration, microfinance, health, corruption, political economy, and the economics of disasters. He teaches a Ford School course on the economics of developing countries, as well as a PhD course in development economics.
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Faculty News - Spring 2020 State & Hill

May 22, 2020
Javed Ali wrote or co-authored multiple op-eds published by The Hill. He also appeared as a frequent commentator on MSNBC. Topics ranged from U.S. national security to crises in the Middle East. John Ayanian, inaugural Director of U-M’s Institute...

Yang examines hurricanes impact on migrant networks

Aug 31, 2017
A working paper by Parag Mahajan (University of Michigan) and Dean Yang in the National Bureau of Economic Research explores “Taken by Storm: Hurricanes, Migrant Networks, and U.S. Immigration” issued in August 2017.Abstract: How readily do...

Close to the heart

Aug 19, 2013
The statistics are sobering: nearly half of every 100 children born in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, will be underweight; six will die before their first birthday. More than 80 percent of all children report repeated physical...
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Sharpening a powerful anti-poverty tool

Apr 26, 2011
Development economist Dean Yang wields "gold standard" research design to boost the impact of the wages migrants send back home. Official development assistance, the amount contributed worldwide to promote the welfare and development of emerging...

Dean Yang presents at Global Development Conference in Colombia

Jan 14, 2011
Dean Yang presented his research on microfinance at a plenary session at the 12th Annual Global Development Conference held in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference, titled "Financing Development in a Post-Crisis World: The Need for a Fresh Look," is run...