Yahui Tang entered the Michigan State University Masters of Public Policy Program because he was drawn to its strong combination of policy and economics. He believes that in today’s world, economic analysis is particularly important in solving social problems.
Yahui began his secondary education at Fudan University in China, earning an undergraduate degree in International Politics. Upon coming to Michigan State and beginning the MPP Program, he especially enjoyed the PPL 808 Public Administration course as it provided an opportunity to link theory to real organizations. Through his time in the program he has gained tools to analyze and evaluate policies and understand policy-making processes.
While living in China, Yahui gained hands on experience during his internship at the Chinese Energy Foundation Committee, an non-profit organization funded by the Huaxing Group. The company’s main goal is to observe and analyze the changes in international relations and energy. Yahui’s work there included collecting the latest news on energy and international relations, along with translations. He also participated in two research projects, one analyzing the renewable energy (particularly solar) situation in Shanghai, and the other investigating the influence of the shale revolution on US-Sino relations. In both projects he was responsible for literature review and data collection. Upon completion of the MPP Program Yahui hopes to begin his career as a field researcher, working toward a policy decisionmaking role. He most enjoys working on economic polices and ultimately would like to serve his hometown of Shanghai.
For his Capstone research project, Yahui will compare the effectiveness of different local developmental activities. Local economic development has a long history of disparity between theory and practices, and localities tend to copy the activities used successfully by others, regardless of what might be appropriate for individual situations. Yauhi hopes to contribute to the understanding of what kind of development activities fit different types of localities and use his research as a foundation for his policy career.
Connect with Yahui by email on his MSU MPP profile page.