Shing-Yi Wang is an Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton. She is also a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Prior to joining Wharton, she was an assistant professor in the department of economics at New York University. She has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She specializes in development economics and labor economics with a focus on microeconomic issues related to property rights and migration. While much of her research is on China, she has also examined questions in India, Mongolia, and the United Arab Emirates. Her research has appeared in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic Journal: Applied Micro. She is currently a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources.