• The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

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Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Simon Chang received his PhD in economics from Michigan State University in the US. Before joining UWA Business School, he was affliated with Central University of Finance and Economics in China. He is currently Research Fellow at Institute for the Study of Laboe (IZA) and Fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO). His research areas include health economics, labour economics, demographic economics and education economics.

Roles and responsibilities

ARC Detailed Assesor (2021-present)

Internal Service at UWA Business School:

Board of Undergraduate Studies (January 2017-December 2018)

Research Committee (January 2018-December 2020)

External Seminar Organizer (January 2021-present)

Program Committee (health economics), 2016 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society , Kyoto, Japan

External reviewer for Swiss Cancer League , Switzerland (2015)

External examiner of Research Higher Degree Thesis for University of Queensland, Australia (2016)

Reviewer for the following journals:

Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Health Economics, China Economic Review, World Development, Review of Economics of the Household, Economic Record, International Migration, Migration Studies, Pacific Economic Review, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, BMC Health Service Research, Bulletin of Economic Research, Asian Population Studies, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Economics and Business Letter

Funding overview

"The Human Health Effects of DDT Exposure at Birth: Evidence from a Large-scale Natural Experiment in Taiwan", BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award, AUD 23,343, 2015 (P.I.: Simon Chang)

"The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behavior: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India", BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award, AUD 16,163, 2017 (P.I.: Ishita Chaterjee and Simon Chang)

"Return Migration, the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement and Racial Segregation in Modern America", UWA Business School Research Scheme, 2019 (P.I. Simon Chang and Chris Parsons)

Previous positions

China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research
Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing, China)
Associate Professor, 2012-2015
Assistant Professor, 2009- 2012

Current projects

1. “Too Many Men, Too-Short Lives: The Effect of the Male-Biased Sex Ratio on Mortality,”  (with Xiaobo Zhang and Kamhon Kan)

2. “Parents’ Responses to Teacher Qualifications,” (with Deborah Cobb-Clark and Nicolás Salamanca)

3. “Higher Education Expansion, Marriage Market and Fertility,” (with Tushar Bharati and Qing Li)

4. “The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behavior: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India,” (with Ishita Chatterjee and Li Yu)

5. “Bombing and the Two Vietnams,” (with Vu Vuong and Michael Palmer)

6.  “The Long-term Effect of DDT Exposure in Early Childhood on Education and Income: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Taiwan,” (with Kamhon Kan)

Teaching overview

Econ 4503 Advanced Economic Analysis

Econ 3205 Health Economics

Econ 2271 Introduction to Econometrics

Econ 3395 Economic Policy


Health Economics; Labor Economics; Demographic Economics; Education Economics



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Michigan State University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

External positions

Fellow, Global Labor Organization

Nov 2017 → …

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aug 2014 → …


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