Dr. Tan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, in 1996 and 1997 respectively. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Economics by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. In between degrees, he served as an economic analyst with the Ministry of Defense in Singapore while completing his military draft requirements. He taught at Tufts University for six years before joining Clark University in September, 2010.
Dr. Tan's primary research interests are in the areas of economic growth and development, and econometrics. His current research employs model averaging techniques as well as recent developments in sample splitting and threshold regression methods to uncover important causes of economic divergence across countries. His recent publications have appeared in the Economics Bulletin, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Macroeconomics.
"Is God in the Details?: A Reexamination of the Role of Religion in Economic Growth" with Steven N. Durlauf and Andros Kourtellos, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 27(7), p. 1059-1075, 2012.
"Do Political Institutions Yield Multiple Growth Regimes?" with David Coyne, Economics Bulletin, 32(2), p. 1442-1454, 2012.
"Do Institutions Rule? The Role of Heterogeneity in the Institutions vs. Geography Debate" with Andros Kourtellos and Thanasis Stengos, Economics Bulletin, 30(3), p. 1710-1719, 2010.
"No One True Path: Uncovering the Interplay Between Geography, Institutions, and Fractionalization in Economic Development," Journal of Applied Econometrics, 25(7), p. 1100-1127, 2010.
"Understanding Preferences for Income Redistribution" with Louise C. Keely, Journal of Public Economics, 92, p. 944-961, 2008.
"Are Any Growth Theories Robust?" with Steven N. Durlauf and Andros Kourtellos, Economic Journal, 118, p. 329-346, 2008.
"Economic Growth Nonlinearities," New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, eds. Larry Blume and Steven Durlauf, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008.
"Empirics of Growth and Development" with Steven N. Durlauf and Andros Kourtellos, International Handbook of Development Economics, eds. Amitava Dutt and Jaime Ros, Volume 1, Edward Elgar, 2008.
"Is the Relationship between Aid and Growth Nonlinear?" with Andros Kourtellos and Xiaobo Zhang, Journal of Macroeconomics, 29 (3), p. 515-540, 2007.
"Heterogeneity in the Debt-Growth Nexus" with Andros Kourtellos and Thanasis Stengos, conditionally accepted, Journal of Macroeconomics, 2012.
"Structural Threshold Regression" with Andros Kourtellos and Thanasis Stengos, 2010, 2nd revision requested, 2012.
"Failure to Launch? The Role of Land Inequality in Transition Delays" with Andros Kourtellos and Ioanna Stylianou, revision requested, 2012.
"The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Malnutrition on Cognitive Development: The Case of Famine in Ghana" with Samuel Ampaabeng, revision requested, 2012.
"The Effect of Public Debt on Growth in Multiple Regimes" with Andros Kourtellos and Thanasis Stengos, under submission, 2012.
"Perception of Deception: The Fall in Redistribution Preferences and Rise in Government Mistrust after the Great Recession" with Christa Marr, 2012.
"Taking it Personally: The Impact of Personality Traits and Cognitive Skills on Intergenerational Mobility" with Andros Kourtellos and Christa Marr, 2012.
"Robust Multiple Regimes in Growth Volatility" with Andros Kourtellos and Ioanna Stylianou, 2012.
"Hits and Runs: Determinants of the Cross-Country Variation in the Severity of Impact from the 2008-9 Financial Crisis" with Shane Dwyer, 2012.