Zhi Wang has been a senior international economist at the Research Division, Office of Economics, US International Trade Commission (USITC) since 2005. Before joining the USITC, he worked as an economist at Purdue University, the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Economic Analysis of the US Department of Commerce and as a senior research scientist at the School of Computational Sciences, George Mason University. He was a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences before coming to the United States and served on the board of directors of the Chinese Economists Society in 1992–93.
His major fields of expertise include computable general equilibrium modeling, value chain in global production network, data reconciliation methods, economic integration in the Greater China area, Chinese economies, and international trade. He was selected as a Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Research Fellow twice in 2000 and 2007 because of his contribution to the GTAP database and to its use in contemporary policy applications and his methodological contributions in reconciling reexport trade data. He also served in the Fulbright senior scholar program offering general equilibrium trade policy analysis classes at Chengchi University in Taipei and Tsinghua University in Beijing during 2005 and 2007, respectively. He obtained his PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota with a minor in computer and information sciences in 1994 and worked as a consultant for the World Bank on the World Development Report (1995). He is the coauthor of The Implications of China-Taiwan Economic Liberalization (forthcoming).