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Chunbei Wang

Associate Professor
Chunbei Wang
321-A Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Wang joined the department on Sept. 1, 2023, and her areas of expertise and research interests include:

  1. Areas of expertise: Labor economics; entrepreneurship and small business; economics of human migration and immigration
  2. Research interests: Immigration, discrimination, entrepreneurship, self-employment, family, and environment. 


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, Jan. 2004 - Aug. 2008
  • M.S., Applied Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, Jan. 2002 - Dec. 2003
  • B.A., International Finance, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, Sept. 1997 - Jul. 2001
  • Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, 2023 – present
  • Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, 2022 – 2023
  • Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma, 2016 – 2022
  • Associate Professor, Birmingham-Southern College, 2016
  • Assistant Professor, Birmingham-Southern College, 2013 – 2016
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2008 – 2013


  • 2022 Invited Panelist, Great Resignation and Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
  • 2020 Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma
  • 2018 Kuznets Prize, “Knot Yet: Minimum Marriage Age Law, Marriage Delay, and Earnings”
  • 2005-2006 Vibhooti Shukla Fellowship, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University
    of Texas at Dallas
  • 2002-2005 Graduate Assistantship, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas



“Immigrant Entrepreneurs” (with Magnus Lofstrom), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, edited by Klaus F. Zimmermann, Springer Nature, 2022, p.1-32

“Immigration Enforcement and the Rise of Self-Employment Among Mexican Immigrants” (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Magnus Lofstrom), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2021

“Is Immigration Enforcement Shaping Immigrant Marriage Patterns?” (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo), Journal of Public Economics, 190: 104-242, 2020.

“Tightened Immigration Policies and the Self-Employment Dynamics of Mexican Immigrants," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38:4, 944-977, 2019.

“The Impact of 9/11 on Self-Employment Outcomes of Arab and Muslim Immigrants”, International Migration Review, 52:2, 430-457, 2018.

“Knot Yet: Minimum Marriage Age Law, Marriage Delay, and Earnings” (with Le Wang), Journal of Population Economics, 30:3, 771-804, 2017. [2018 Kuznets Prize Winner]

“Do EPA Regulations Affect Labor Demand?  Evidence from the Pulp and Paper Industry”, (with Merve Cebi, Wayne Gray, and Ronald J. Shadbegian). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68:1, 188-202, 2014.

Courses taught

Undergraduate level:

  • Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Discrimination
  • Economics of Race and Gender
  • Capstone Projects

Ph.D. level:

  • Labor Economics