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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Simon Chang is an applied economist who studies how human behavior interacts with social, demographic and environmental factors. His recent research interest lies in the nexus of environmental sustainability, human wellbeing and educational attainment. His past works have appeared in esteemed international journals, including the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Health Economics, the Journal of Population Economics, Environmental International, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. Dr. Chang earned his PhD in Economics from Michigan State University in the US, master's and bachelor's degree in Economics from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Before joining UWA Business School, he was affliated with Central University of Finance and Economics in China. He is currently holding external affiliations with world-renowned institutions including Research Fellow at Institute for the Study of Laboe (IZA), Fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Research Affiliate at Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) at Australian National University. He is accepting PhD studnets in areas such as health economics, labour economics, demographic economics and education economics.

Roles and responsibilities

National Service:

  • ARC Detailed Assesor (2021-present)

Internal Service at UWA Business School:

  • Hiring Committee for the Economics Department (2024)
  • Board of Undergraduate Studies (January 2017-December 2018)
  • Research Committee (January 2018-December 2020)
  • External Seminar Organizer (January 2021-present)

International/ External Service:

  • Organizing Committee for Australia Gender Economics Workshop (2023)
  • Reviewer for International Leading Research Grant for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2022)
  • External Promotion Reviewer for Monsh University (2023)
  • External Promotion Reviewer for Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2022)
  • Program Committee (health economics), Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society , Kyoto, Japan (2016)
  • 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 academic journals: Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, 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, BMC Public Health, Bulletin of Economic Research, Asian Population Studies, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Economics and Business Letter, Australian Economic Papers

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. “The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Helping Behavior: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India,” (with Ishita Chatterjee and Li Yu)
  2. “Bombing and Body Mass Index: the Case of Vietnam,” (with Vu Vuong and Michael Palmer)
  3. “Return Migration, the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement and Racial Segregation in Modern America,” (with Thomas Favory, Johannes Matzat and Chris Parsons)
  4. “Land Reforms and Industrialization in Taiwan,” (with Qing Huang, Kamhon Kan and Xiaobo Zhang)
  5. “Fighting Fire with Fire: Is Indigenous Knowledge of Cultural Burning Helping Us Combat Bushfires in Australia?” (with Tushar Bharati and Sofia Chaves)
  6. “Higher Education Expansion and Entrepreneurship,” (with Tushar Bharati, Qing Li and Kamhon Kan)
  7. “Educational Migration in Australia,” (with Tushar Bharati and Cara Mezzatesta)


Teaching overview

  • Econ 5516 The Economics of Public Policy
  • Econ 4503 Advanced Economic Analysis
  • Econ 3205 Health Economics
  • Econ 3395 Economic Policy
  • Econ 2271 Introduction to Econometrics


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

Research Affiliate, Australian National University

20 Feb 2024 → …

Fellow, Global Labor Organization

Nov 2017 → …

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aug 2014 → …


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