Dr. Shun Wang is a Senior Associate Professor at the International Business School Suzhou in Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Prior to joining XJTLU in 2022, he was a Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Korea. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of British Columbia, his M.A. in Economics, and his B.A. in Business Administration at Peking University. His research focuses mainly on subjective well-being, economic development, and the Chinese economy. This ongoing research agenda has led to new insights into the relationship between the socioeconomic environment and happiness. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies. He is also an Associate Editor and founding member of the World Happiness Report. He has been a consultant for the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank.
PhD, University of British Columbia, 2012
MA, Peking University, 2004
BA, Peking University, 2002
Senior Associate Professor, IBSS at XJTLU, 2022.11-current
Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, 2019.1-2022.10
Associate Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, 2016.1-2018.12
Assistant Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, 2012.7-2015.12
Subjective Well-being, Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics
Han, Ahram, Taejong Kim, Gi Khan Ten, and Shun Wang. 2023. “Air Pollution and Gender Imbalance in Labor Supply Responses: Evidence from South Korea.” Economic Modelling 124: 106290.
Rudolf, Robert, Shun Wang, and Fengyu Wu. 2023. "The Arab Spring, a setback for gender equality? Evidence from the Gallup World Poll." Journal of Asian Economics 84: 101578.
Zhou, Weina, and Shun Wang. 2023. "Early Childhood Health Shocks, Classroom Environment and Social Emotional Outcomes.” Journal of Health Economics 87: 102698.
Han, Ahram, Gi Khan Ten, and Shun Wang. 2023. "Gray Skies and Blue Moms: The Effect of Air Pollution on Parental Life Satisfaction.” World Development 163: 106151.
Khan, Qaisar, and Shun Wang. 2021. “The Effect of Family Planning Exposure on Fertility Choices and Reproductive Health Care in Rural Pakistan.” Journal of Asian Economics 73: 101283.
Luo, Renfu, Qijia Lyu, Scott Rozelle, and Shun Wang. 2021. “Child Development and Caregivers’ Subjective Well-being: Evidence from Rural China.” China Agricultural Economic Review 13 (2): 302–318.
Yue, Ai, Miqi Jia, Boya Wang, Qiufeng Gao, Yaojiang Shi, and Shun Wang. 2021. “Concurrent validity of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development: A Study in Rural China.” Infant and Child Development 30 (3): e2219.
Park, Kyongmi, and Shun Wang. 2019. “Youth Activity and Children’s Subjective Well-being in Korea.” Journal of Happiness Studies 20: 2351–2365.
Wang, Shun. 2019. “Social Capital and Rotating Labor Associations in Rural China.” China Economic Review 53: 243–253.
Helliwell, John F., Haifang Huang, Shawn Grover, and Shun Wang. 2018. “Empirical Linkages between Good Governance and National Well-being.” Journal of Comparative Economics 46 (4): 1332–1346.
Wang, Shun, and Weina Zhou. 2018. “Do Siblings Make Us Happy?.” Economic Development & Cultural Change 66 (4): 827–840.
Baylis, Kathy, Yazhen Gong, and Shun Wang. 2018. “Bonding versus Bridging Social Capital and the Governance of Common Pool Resources.” Land Economics 94 (4): 614–631.
Wang, Shun, and Weina Zhou. 2017. “The Unintended Long-term Consequences of Mao’s Mass Send-Down Movement: Marriage, Social Network, and Happiness.” World Development 90: 344–359.
Wang, Shun, and Weina Zhou. 2017. “Family Structure and Home Ownership: Evidence from China.” China Economic Review 46: 165–179.
Wang, Shun. 2017. “The Long-Term Consequence of Family Class Origins in Urban China.” Social Indicators Research 134 (1): 323–337.
Helliwell, John F., Shun Wang, and Jinwen Xu. 2016. “How Durable are Social Norms? Immigrant Trust and Generosity in 132 Countries.” Social Indicators Research 128 (1): 201–219.
Helliwell, John F., and Shun Wang. 2015. “How was Your Weekend? How the Social Context Underlies Weekend Effects in Happiness and Other Emotions for US Workers.” PLOS ONE e0145123.
Helliwell, John F. and Shun Wang. 2014. “Weekends and Subjective Well-Being." Social Indicators Research 116 (2): 389–407.
Helliwell, John F., Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang. 2014. “Social Capital and Well-Being in Times of Crisis.” Journal of Happiness Studies 15 (1): 145–162.
Helliwell, John F., and Shun Wang. 2011. “Trust and Well-being.” International Journal of Wellbeing 1 (1): 42–78.
Books, monographs, compilations and manuals
Helliwell, John F., Richard Layard, Jeffrey Sachs, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Lara Aknin, and Shun Wang (Eds.). 2022. World Happiness Report 2022. New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Helliwell, John F., Richard Layard, Jeffrey Sachs, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Lara Aknin, and Shun Wang (Eds.). 2021. World Happiness Report 2021. New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Wang, Shun (Eds.). 2014. Measuring and Explaining Subjective Well-being in Korea. Seoul: KDI Press.
Chapters, cases, readings and supplements
Wang, Shun. 2021. “Wellness for Happiness in Developing Asia.” In Wellness for a Healthy Asia, edited by Donghyun Park, Pilipinas F. Quising, Gerard Bodeker, Matthias Helble, Irfan Qureshi, and Shu Tian, 218–236. Manila: Asian Development Bank.
Helliwell, John F., Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang. 2021. “Happiness and the Quality of Government.” In Handbook of Quality of Government, edited by Andreas Bågenholm, Monika Bauhr, Marcia Grimes, and Bo Rothstein, 603–621. Oxford University Press.
Easterlin, Richard, Fei Wang, and Shun Wang. 2021. “Growth and Happiness in China, 1990-2015.” In A Modern Guide to the Economics of Happiness, edited by Luigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli, and Dalila De Rosa, 129–161. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Helliwell, John F., Haifang Huang, Max Norton, and Shun Wang. 2019. “Happiness at Different Ages: The Social Context Matters.” In The Economics of Happiness, edited by M. Rojas, 445–481. Springer Nature Switzerland.
Helliwell, John F., Lara B. Aknin, Hugh Shiplett, Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang. 2018. "Social Capital and Prosocial Behaviour as Sources of Well-being." In Handbook of Well-being, edited by Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, and Louis Tay, 528–543. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publisher.
Helliwell, John F., Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang. 2018. “New Evidence on Trust and Well-being." In Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust, edited by Eric M. Uslaner, 409–446. Cambridge: Oxford University Press.
Professional service activities
2023~, Co-Editor of Journal of Happiness Studies
2020~, Associate Editor of World Happiness Report
ECO207, International Labor Markets, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Econometrics II (Ph.D.), KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Development Economics I (Ph.D.), KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Introduction to Development Policy (M.A.), KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Topics on Chinese Economy (M.A.), KDI School of Public Policy and Management