Nancy Qian is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University, where she teaches development economics. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Yale, Nancy taught at Brown University and was a visiting scholar at the department of economics at Harvard University while she was post-doctoral fellow of the prestigious Harvard Academy Scholars program. She is also currently an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and has been awarded research grants by organizations such as the National Science Foundation. Her research is focused on providing rigorous empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that broadly fall into two sub-categories: demography and development, and institutions and development.