Boyuan Zhang

Boyuan Zhang

Graduate Student in Economics

University of Pennsylvania


I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research interests include time series econometrics, Bayesian analysis, panel data models, applied macroeconomics, and machine learning. The majority of my work involves econometric forecasting. My most recent projects are focused on grouped heterogeneity in dynamic panel data models. In particular, I’m interested in bringing prior knowledge on the latent group structure into the model and explore the predictive gain over prevailing estimators for panel data models. It is an exciting topic that involves panel data model estimation and semi-supervised learning.


  • Econometrics
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Machine Learning
  • Panel Data models


  • Ph.D. in Economics, 2017 - 2023 (Expected)

    University of Pennsylvania

  • M.S. in Statistics, 2016

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.S. in Physics, 2014

    Renmin University of China


Working Papers

Work in Progress


  • ASSA Annual Meeting, IAAE Invited Session - virtual (Jan 2022)
  • 13th Annual SoFiE Conference - virtual (June 2021)
  • IAAE Annual Conference - virtual (June 2021)
  • Canadian Economics Association Conference - virtual (June 2021)
  • 25th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance - Ottawa, Canada (June 2019)


University of Pennsylvania

Recitation Instructor

  • Econ 002: Introductory Economics: Macroeconomics (2018 Fall)
  • Econ 002: Introductory Economics: Macroeconomics (2019 Spring)