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Xi CHEN has joined ANEC/STATEC research division since 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, labor market, international trade, panel data, non-parametric regression and structural modelling. Besides the primary research, his research interest also includes public economics, taxation and distribution issues.

Professional experience

Researcher, STATEC Research, Luxembourg.
Researcher and lecturer, University of Strasbourg, France.


2013: Ph.D. in Economics (French national research fellowship), University of Strasbourg, FR
2010: Visiting Scholar (French-German university scholarship), University of Konstanz, DE
2009-2010: Visiting Scholar, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, IT
2009: Master in Statistics and Econometrics, University of Strasbourg, FR
2007: Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, FR


  • “Retrieving initial capital distribution from panel data” with Tatiana Plotnikova, Review of Income and Wealth, 2018 (64).
  • “Fixed cost, variable cost and the markup” with Bertrand Koebel, Annals of Economics and Statistics, 2017 (127).
  • “Biased technical change, scale, and factor substitution in U.S. manufacturing industries”, Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2017 (21/2).
  • “Self-selection into export market: does productivity affect the entry barriers?” with Frédéric Olland, Revue d'Economie Politique, 2014/4.

Working papers

  • "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.

Fellowships and awards

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

Data skills

R, Tidyverse packages, STATA, SAS, Visual Basic


Chinese (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (intermediate)


STATEC Research
E-mail: xi.chen(at)
Phone: (+352) 247-84296
Room: HoE 118
Office: House of Entrepreneurship
14, rue Erasme
L-1468 Luxembourg-Kirchberg