Tao Chen

Associate Professor; Senior Research Fellowship, Harvard Law School; Cross Appointed to Statistics and Actuarial Science


Tao Chen.

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BA Finance (SISU); MA Economics; MS Math; PhD Economics; PhD Math [A.B.D.] (University of Connecticut)

Areas of specialization: Econometric theory; Applied econometrics; Functional data analysis; Labour economics

Research interests

I am primarily interested in theoretical econometrics, estimation and specification test of semi-parametric/nonparametric models in particular; and their applications in labor economics. I teach mathematical economics and econometrics both at undergraduate and graduate level.


Tao spent his first 22 years in Shanghai, China. Before he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, he was in graduate school for 9 years in New England, USA.

His research on econometrics is both theoretical and applied. The theoretical part focuses mainly on micro-econometrics and functional data analysis; and the major applied fields are labor and urban economics.

Tao is a big fan of basketball, Age of Empires and enjoys reading “A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century”. This is his favourite quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein

Selected publications

  • Multivariate joint models for the dynamic prediction of psychosis in individuals with clinical high risk, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2023 (with T. Zhang, X. Tang, Y. Zhang, L. Xu, Y. Wei, Y. Hu, H. Cui, Y. Tang, H. Liu, C. Li, J. Wang), Doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2023.103468.
  • Eye movement indices as predictors of conversion to psychosis in individuals at clinical high risk, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 2022 (with D. Zhang, L. Xu, Y. Xie, X. Tang, Y. Hu, X. Liu, G. Wu, Z. Qian, Y. Tang, H. Liu, T. Zhang and J. Wang), DOI:10.1007/s00406-022-01463-z.
  • Highly accurate heart failure classification using carbon nanotube thin film biosensors and machine learning assisted data analysis, Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X, 12 (2022), 100187 (with Z. Guo, R. Tian, W. Xu and D. Yip, M. Radyk, F. Santos, A. Yip and S. Tang).
  • Electric vehicle range estimation using regression techniques, The World Electric Vehicle Journal, 13 (2022), Article 105 (with M. Ahmed, Z. Mao, Y. Zheng and Z. Chen).
  • Prognostic impact of blood pressure change patterns on patients with aortic dissection after admission, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Section Hypertension, 9 (2022), 832770 (with Z. Wu, Y. Li, P. Qiu, H. Liu, K. Liu, R. Wang and X. Lu).
  • Effective differentiation between depressed patients and controls using discriminative eye movement features, Journal of Affective Disorders, 307 (2022), 237-243 (with D. Zhang, X. Liu, L. Xu, Y. Li, Y. Xu, M. Xia, Z. Qian, Y. Tang, Z. Liu, H. Liu, T. Zhang, J. Wang).
  • Gender differences in prodromal psychotic symptom screening in a counseling center population, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 25 (2022), 291-299 (with Q. Hu, Z. Chen, Z. Lin, Z. Li, Y. Wei, L. Xu, X. Tang, Y. Hu, J. Wang, T. Zhang and C. Li).
  • Automatic auditory processing features in distinct subtypes of patients at clinical high risk for psychosis: forecasting remission with mismatch negativity, Human Brain Mapping,  2022 (with G. Wu, X. Tang, R. Gan, J. Zeng, Y. Hu, L. Xu, Y. Wei, Y. Tang, H. Liu, C. Li, J. Wang  and T. Zhang),  DOI: 10.1002/hbm.26021.
  • Replication of the abnormal niacin response in first episode psychosis measured using laser doppler flowmeter, Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 2022 (with R. Gan, G. Wu, J, Zeng, Y. Hu, L. Xu, Y. Wei, X. Tang, X. Liu, J. Wang and T. Zhang), DOI: 10.1111/appy.12516.
  • Antipsychotic prescription, assumption and conversion to psychosis in clinical high risk individuals: resolving missing clinical links to optimize prevention through precision,  schizophrenia, 2022 (with T. Zhang, A. Raballo, J. Zeng, R. Gan, G. Wu, Y. Wei, L. Xu, X. Tang,  Y. Hu, Y. Tang, C. Li and J. Wang), DOI:10.1038/s41537-022-00254-8.
  • Artificial intelligence assisted niacin skin flush screening in early psychosis identification and prediction, General Psychiatry, 2022 (with H. Liu, R. Tian, R. Gan, W. Xu, T. Zhang and J. Wang), DOI:10.1136/gpsych-2022-100753.
  • Attenuated niacin-induced skin flush response in individuals with clinical high-risk for psychosis, General Psychiatry, 2022 (with R. Gan, Y. Wei, G. Wu, J. Zeng, Y. Hu, L. Xu, X. Tang, X. Liu, H. Liu, J. Wang and T. Zhang), DOI:10.1136/gpsych-2022-100748.
  • Temporal and time-frequency features of auditory oddball response in distinct subtypes of patients at clinical high risk for psychosis, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 2021 (with G. Wu, X. Tang, R. Gan, J. Zeng, Y. Hu, L. Xu, Y. Wei, Y. Tang, C. Li, J. Wang and T. Zhang), DOI:10.1007/s00406-021-01316-1.
  • Neurocognitive assessments are more important among adolescents than adults for predicting psychosis in clinical high risk, Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2021 (with T. Zhang, H. Cui, Y. Wei, X. Tang, L. Xu, Y. Hu, Y. Tang, C. Li and J. Wang), DOI:10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.06.015.
  • A potential objective marker in first-episode schizophrenia based on abnormal niacin response, Schizophrenia Research, 2021 (with Y. Gu, L. Xu, R. Gan, G. Wu, X. Tang, Y. Wei, H. Cui, L. Hui, Y. Tang, C. Li, C.Wan, J.Wang and T. Zhang), DOI:10.1016/j.schres.2021.06.028.
  • Imbalance model of hear rate variability and pulse wave velocity in psychotic and nonpsychotic disorders, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2021 (with T. Zhang, X. Tang, L. Xu, Y Wei, Y. Hu, H. Cui, Y, Tang, C. Li, L. Zhou and J. Wang), DOI:10.1093/schbul/sbab080.
  • Inefficient integration during multiple facial processing in pre-morbid and early phases of psychosis, The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2021 (with T. Zhang, Y. Yang, L. Xu, X. Tang, Y. Hu, X. Xiong, Y. Wei, H. Cui, Y. Tang, H. Liu, Z. Liu, L. Hui, C. Li, X. Guo and J. Wang), DOI:10.1080/15622975.2021.2011402.
  • When and why contexts predict unethical behavior: evidence from a laboratory bribery game, Frontiers in Psychology, 12 (2021):2786 (with S. Wang).
  • Identifying key factors in momentum in basketball games, Journal of Applied Statistics, 48 (2021), 3116-3129 (with Q. Fan, K. Liu and L. Le).
  • 数字医疗在精神病学领域中的应用,《中国神经精神疾病杂志》, 47 (2021), 310-313 (with J. Zeng, H. Liu, J. Wang and T. Zhang).
  • Pre-screening and treatment of aortic dissection through analyzing data of infinite dimensions, BioData Mining, 14 (2021), Article 24 (with P. Qiu, Y. Li, K. Liu, J. Qin, K. Ye  and X. Lu).
  • Semiparametric efficiency for censored linear regression models with heteroskedastic errors, Econometric Theory, 34 (2018), 228-245.
  • Differences across versions of Penn World Table: a functional data analysis approach, Economics Letters, 170 (2018), 179-184 (with J. DeJuan and R. Tian).
  • Testing conditional mean independence under symmetry, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 36 (2018), 615-627 (with Y. Ji, Y. Zhou and P. Zhu).
  • A functional data approach to model score difference process in professional basketball games, Journal of Applied Statistics, 45 (2018), 112-127 (with Q. Fan).
  • Single game career high Vs. highest season average of NBA players, Journal of the Chinese Statistical Association, 56 (2018), 25-36 (with Y. Li).
  • A simple consistent test of conditional symmetry in symmetrically trimmed regression models, Journal of Econometrics, 198 (2017), 29-40 (with G. Tripathi).
  • Model-based versus data-driven approach for road safety analysis: do more data help? Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2601  (2016), 33-41 (with L. Thakali and L. Fu).
  • Models specification tests and the estimation of treatment effects: an application with random and  nonrandom administrative records, Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 41 (2016), 1-16 (with K. Couch).
  • Nonparametric instrumental variable estimation in practice, Journal of Econometric Methods, 5 (2016), 153-177 (with P. Shaw and M. Cohen).
  • Changing tastes: estimating changing attribute prices in hedonic and repeated sales price indices, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 52 (2016), 141-175 (with J. Harding).
  • An approximation of logarithmic functions in the regression setting, Statistical Methodology, 23 (2015), 50-58 (with K. Couch).
  • Intragenerational mobility and the ratio of permanent to total inequality, Applied Economics, 46 (2014), 4399-4408 (with G. Bayaz and K. Couch).
  • Semiparametric efficiency bound for partially linear single-index regression models, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 130 (2014), 376-386 (with T. Parker).
  • Permanent and transitory inequality and intra-generational mobility, Economics Letters, 120 (2013), 200-202 (with K. Couch).
  • Testing conditional symmetry without smoothing, Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, 25 (2013), 273-313 (with G. Tripathi).
  • Vibration spectra of finitely ramified, symmetric fractals, Fractals, 16 (2008), 243-258 (with N. Bajorin, A. Dagan, C. Emmons, M. Hussein, M. Khalil, P. Mody, B. Steinhurst and A. Teplyaev).
  • Vibration modes of 3n-gaskets and other fractals, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 41 (2008), 015101 (with N. Bajorin, A. Dagan, C. Emmons, M. Hussein, M. Khalil, P. Mody, B. Steinhurst and A. Teplyaev).