Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University (2006)
B.A., Economics, Brown University (1999)

 Joyce Chen joined the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Joyce 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 (IZA) and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Population Research.


One line of 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 50-100 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).