Ping Wang received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in May 1987, being affiliated with Penn State University from 1987 to 1998 and with Vanderbilt from 1999 to 2005. His is presently Seigle Family Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and Research Associate at the NBER. His major research areas include Growth and Development, Money and Macroeconomics, Economic Theory, and Spatial/Health Economics. He has published over 60 research articles in refereed journals, including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory (4), Journal of Monetary Economics (3), International Economic Review (5), and Review of Economics and Statistics (2).
He has supervised or co-supervised 22 Ph.D. and 4 M.A. students, visited the University of Rochester, the University of Washington, Purdue University, Tilburg University, the CORE, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and is a frequent visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the International Monetary Funds Institute, Kobe University and Kyoto University. He served as Department Chair at Vanderbilt during 2002-2005 and at Washington University in St. Louis during 2005-08, Vice President of the Chinese Economic Association in North America during 1991-92, and President of the Chinese Economic Association in North America in 2001.
He is currently Vice President for Planning and Development of the East Asian Institute, Associate Editor for Economics Bulletin, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Pacific Economic Review and Regional Science and Urban Economics, and on the editorial and advisory boards for Journal of Macroeconomics, Taipei Economic Review, and American Association for Chinese Studies. His current research focuses primarily on: (i) micro-founded theory in growth and development, (ii) intertemporally and spatially redistributive policy, (iii) search and match models of labor/family, money/credit and technology, (iv) agglomeration of productive economic activities, (v) labor market consequences of addiction/substance abuse and health/human capital investment decisions, (vi) positive and normative analysis of crime, corruption, casinos and networks, and (vii) economic integration, outsourcing, venture capital and institutions.