Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Associate Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


324 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University (2007)
  • M.A., Economics, Harvard University (2005)
  • B.A., Economics, Brown University (1999)


Joyce Chen is a development economist with research interests in migration, intra-household allocation, and human capital. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics and is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Population Research.

One line of Chen's research highlights the importance of distinguishing temporary migrants, who retain their household membership, and permanent migrants, who have established new, separate households. These two types of migration represent different household strategies and different degrees of involvement with the origin household, with very different implications for the household as well as the origin and destination communities. Current work looks at the importance of non-monetary linkages between migrants and their origin households, patterns of selection into temporary and permanent migration, and optimal survey design for characterizing migration episodes. Previous work has examined information asymmetries and limited commitment among household members and the implications for household productivity and efficiency as well as investments in children's schooling and health.

​A second line of research examines the impact of climate risk on migration and, in turn, the impact of this migration on risk and resilience in vulnerable areas. Work-in-progress estimates the impact of rainfall variability, freshwater flooding, and saltwater intrusion on migration in Bangladesh and will use these estimates to project the size of the vulnerable population as sea-level continues to rise over the next 50 to 100 years. Chen is also a co-PI on an interdisciplinary Belmont Forum Grand Challenge project - Bangladesh Delta: Assessment of the Causes of Sea-level Rise Hazards and Integrated Development of Predictive Modeling Towards Mitigation and Adaptation (BanD-AID).

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page

Media Links

Ohio State Insights: Climate change lessons from Bangladesh's disappearing farms (2019)
Institute for Population Research: Female professors at The Ohio State University earn 11% less than male professors (2019)
AEDE: The Gender Pay Gap in Academia: Evidence from The Ohio State University (2019)
Sustainability Institute: Sustainability Institute faculty appointed leaders in AAEA (2019)
Ohio State News: Climate change, rising sea levels a threat to farmers in Bangladesh (2018)

Mershon Projects

Sea Level Rise, Climate Migration, and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh, with C.K. Shum and Yuanyuan Jia (2019-20)
Managing Disaster Risk: Launching Micro-Insurance in Bangladesh, with J. Craig Jenkins and C.K. Shum (2017-18)
Pilot Study on International Security: Disaster Refugees and Flood Early Warning in Bangladesh, with J. Craig Jenkins and C.K. Shum (2016-17)