Dr. Chih Ming Tan is a Professor in Economics and is also the Page Endowed Chair in Applied Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance, Nistler College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Business and Public Administration as well as the Director of the Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program. Dr. Tan received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He received his B.Sc. (First Class Honors) and M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Prior to joining UND, Dr. Tan taught for nine years at Tufts University and Clark University in Massachusetts. He has also worked as an Economic Analyst for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Singapore.
Dr. Tan is an applied econometrician with research interests in the fields of inequality and mobility, global health, economic growth & development, and econometrics. His interest in health economics is driven by the importance of health (especially, early childhood health) on the accumulation of human capital that, in turn, has deep implications for economic growth, inequality, and mobility. His recent research has investigated the long-run impact of early health shocks on later life cognitive development and mental health outcomes in a variety of settings (China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Mexico). Dr. Tan has also made substantive contributions to econometric theory. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics at the Ph.D. level and currently teaches the core advanced macroeconomics course, as well as a course on advanced program evaluation methods, in the Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program at the College of Business and Public Administration, UND. Dr. Tan is also the Director of the MSAE program.
Dr. Tan’s work has appeared in both leading general interest journals and top field journals including the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, Econometric Theory, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Macroeconomics, Empirical Economics, the Economics Bulletin, and the International Review of Economics and Finance.
Dr. Tan is an Associate Editor for the China Economic Review. He is also a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, University of Chicago, and is also a Senior Fellow of the Rimini Center for Economic Analysis (RCEA) in Italy as well as a member of the scientific committee of the RCEA's Economic Growth Study Group. Dr. Tan is also a referee for numerous journals and grant agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).