Miao Grace Wang

Miao Grace  Wang
Miao Grace WangMarquette University

Straz Hall, 408

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7310
Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Economics

Dr. Wang’s area of expertise is in applied international economics, primarily related to international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) issues.  She teaches international trade courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in addition to undergraduate econometrics and principles of economics.  Grace’s work on the implications of foreign direct investment has been published in leading Economics journals.  Her research has examined how increases in FDI in various sectors impacts investment and overall economic activity in the host country (where the FDI takes place) as well as how FDI into different sectors has differential impacts the level of human capital in the host country.

Dr. Wang joined Marquette University in 2003 after earning her M.S. and PhD at the University of Oregon. At Oregon she received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellow Award. Dr. Wang earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. After graduation, she worked briefly for the Turkish Embassy to China.

Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the determinants of foreign direct investment as well as the impact of such investment in host countries. Dr. Wang is on the Board of Editors of International Advances in Economic Research. She is also a research associate for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston.


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2003
  • M.S., Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • B.A., Economics, University of International Relations, Beijing China

Professional Interests

  • International Trade
  • Economic Growth
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Foreign Direct Investment

Selected Publications

Wang, Miao and M.C. Sunny Wong (2014). “Leisure and Happiness: Evidence from International Survey Data” Journal of Happiness Studies, 15: 85-118.

Wang, Miao, Wong, M.C. Sunny and Shalendra Sharma (2014). “FDI Location and the Relevance of Spatial Linkages: Evidence from Provincial and Industry FDI in China”. Review of International Economics, 22:86-104.

Wang, Miao, Wong, M.C. Sunny and Jim Granato (2013). “The Effect of Foreign Direct Investment on International Migration: Does Education Matter?” World Economy, 36: 537-562.

Wang, Miao and M.C. Sunny Wong (2012). “FDI, Imports, Technology Transfer and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Panel Stochastic Frontier Analysis”. World Development, 40: 1982-1998.

Honors and Awards

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship and Regular Research Grant, Marquette University
  • Summer Miles Research Grant, College of Business Administration, Marquette University
  • International Trade and Development Fellowship, Oregon University System, 2002