Matthew Lee Chen is an MPhil in Economic Research student at the University of Cambridge and Trinity College. He is interested in economic development, international trade, political economy and economic history. He also has auxiliary interests in computational statistics, applied microeconometrics and machine learning methods for data curation and causal inference.
His undergraduate dissertation examined the differential long-run development effects of historical exposure to the Dutch colonial state and the Vorstenlanden (native vassal states) in 19th century Java using a novel village-level dataset and a spatial regression-discontinuity design. He intends to write his MPhil dissertation on the direct and spillover effects of road infrastructure on civil conflict in Colombia by both developing a network model at the municipality level and utilising a Poisson regression approach combined with an instrumental-variables strategy to estimate the reduced-form effects.
Before starting an MPhil, Matthew was an economics undergraduate at Cambridge. He graduated in 2021 with Double First Class Honours and received the Adam Smith Dissertation Prize for the best economics undergraduate thesis.
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