Vicky Chuqiao Yang


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Vicky Chuqiao Yang is an Assistant Professor of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She was most recently an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Yang uses quantitative behavioral models, assisted by the analysis of data, to study collective human behavior on a broad range of organization levels, from teams to cities. Recent research topics include collective decision-making, political polarization, scaling laws in cities, and bureaucracy in human organizations.

She received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University.


"Scaling of Urban Income Inequality in the USA."

Mora, Elisa Heinrich, Cate Heine, Jacob J. Jackson, Geoffrey B. West, Vicky Chuqiao Yang, and Christopher P. Kempes. Journal of the Royal Society Interface Vol. 18, No. 181 (2021).

"Falling through the Cracks: Modeling the Formation of Social Category Boundaries."

Yang, Vicky Chuqiao, Tamara van der Does, and Henrik Olsson. PLoS ONE Vol. 16, No. 3 (2021): e0247562.

"Misinformation about an Outbreak like COVID-19 is Important Public Health Data."

Hébert-Dufresne, Laurent and Vicky Chuqiao Yang. STAT News, April 7, 2020.

"The Interpretation of Urban Scaling Analysis in Time."

Bettencourt, Luís M.A., Vicky Chuqiao Yang, José Lobo, Christopher P. Kempes, Diego Rybski, and Marcus J. Hamilton. Journal of the Royal Society Interface Vol. 17, No. 163 (2020).

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