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E-mail: xi.chen(at)
Phone: (+352) 247-84296

STATEC Research
House of Entrepreneurship
14, rue Erasme
L-1468 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

Xi CHEN joined STATEC’s Research Division in September 2013. His primary research is the development of new empirical strategies for applied economic analysis. It has addressed an array of economic and statistical areas, including production theory, labour markets, international trade, panel data, non-parametric regressions, and structural modelling. Beyond his primary research, his interests include public economics, and taxation and distribution issues. Xi holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg (France). He received a two-year grant (2015-2017) from the Luxembourg National Research Fund for his project on labour market frictions in the open economy.

Professional experience

  • Researcher, STATEC Research (current).
  • Lecturer in Statistical programming, EUROSTAT, Luxembourg.                                                          
  • Lecturer in Data analysis, University of Luxembourg.                                                        
  • Lecturer in Economics, University of Strasbourg, France.


  • Ph.D. in Economics (French national research fellowship), University of Strasbourg, France.
  • Visiting Scholar (French-German university scholarship), University of Konstanz, Germany.
  • Visiting Scholar, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  • Master in Statistics and Econometrics, University of Strasbourg, France.
  • Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France.


  • Chen, X. and Plotnikova, T.  (2018), Retrieving Initial Capital Distribution From Panel Data, Review of Income and Wealth, Vol.64, Issue 3, Pages 542-562.
  • Chen, X. and Koebel, B.  (2017), Fixed Cost, Variable Cost and the Markup, Annals of Economics and Statistics, Issue 127, Pages 61-94.
  • Chen, X. (2017), Biased Technical Change, Scale, and Factor Substitution in U.S. Manufacturing Industries, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol.21, Issue 2, Pages 488-514.
  • Chen, X. and Olland, F.  (2014), Self-Selection into Export Market: Does Productivity Affect the Entry Barriers?, Revue d'Economie Politique, Vol.124, Issue 4, Pages 537-552.

Papers under review and working papers

  • Trade in Intermediate Inputs, Domestic Employment and Absorptive Capacity: Theory and Evidence with Umut Kilinc, (Under review).
  • Implications of Firm Heterogeneity for Offshoring, Wage and Employment, (Under review).
  • Optimal Income Taxation for the Alleviation of Working-Poverty When Domestic Work is Rewarded with Ioana Salagean and  Benteng Zou, CREA Discussion Paper Series 16-01, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg, 2016.
  • Fixed cost, Variable Cost and the Markup with Bertrand Koebel, BETA Working paper 2013-13.
  • Estimation of the CES Production Function with Biased Technical Change: a Control Function Approach, BETA Working paper, 2012-20.
  • Increasing Returns to Scale in U.S. Manufacturing Industries: Evidence from Direct and Reverse Regressions, BETA Working paper, 2011-11.


  • Chen, X. (2017), “International Trade and Labour Demand in Luxembourg” in  Bilan compétitivité 2017 : Nouveau tableau de bord.
  • Chen, X. and Plotnikova, T.  (2015), “Workers’ turnover and wage dispersion in Luxembourg” in Bilan compétitivité 2015: Stabilité dans un environnement à risques.
  • Chen, X. (2014), “The «Non-Price» Competitiveness of Luxembourg’s Export: a New Price-Sensitivity Index” in Cahier économique N° 118 Dynamiques des entreprises du Luxembourg, compétitivité de la nation.

Fellowships and awards

  • Luxembourg national research grant (FNR) 2015-2017.
  • French national research fellowship 2009-2012.
  • French-German researcher mobility scholarship (UFA-DFH) 2010.