Shaohua Chen is Professor in the School of Economics of Xiamen University and a former Lead Statistician in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank. She managed the Global Poverty database and all developing countries’ poverty, inequality estimations at the World Bank since 1991. She was also the person in charge of the global poverty monitoring part for many departments’ main reports in World Bank, such as WDR, WDI, GEP, and GMR. Before joining the World Bank, she was the Lecturer at the Business School of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. She received her Master's Degree in Statistical Computing from American University.

Her research has focused on poverty, fairness, and inequality measurement, and program/policy impacts evaluation. Her research results have been publicized at QJE and other mainstream international journals. Her papers have been quoted for more than 17000 times (according to the Google Scholar). She is also the author of the Anti-Poverty and Shared Prosperity published by the World Bank.


Related Work:

Fleshing out the olive? Observations on income polarization in China since 1981. M Ravallion, S Chen. (2022). China Economic Review 76, 101871

Reconciling the conflicting narratives on poverty in China. S Chen, M Ravallion. (2021). Journal of Development Economics 153, 102711

The developing world is poorer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty. S Chen, M Ravallion. (2010). The Quarterly Journal of Economics 125 (4), 1577-1625

China's (uneven) progress against poverty. M Ravallion, S Chen. (2007). Journal of development economics 82 (1), 1-42

Measuring pro-poor growth. M Ravallion, S Chen. (2003). Economics letters 78 (1), 93-99