• 27 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


I received my PhD in economics from Michigan State University in the USA in 2009. Before joining UWA Business School, I was Assistant Professor (2009-2012) and Associate Professor (2012-2015) at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. My research areas include health economics, labour economics, demographic economics and Chinese economy.

Roles and responsibilities

Internal Service at UWA: Board of Undergraduate Studies (January 2017-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, Pacific Economic Review, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, BMC Health Service Research, Bulletin of Economic Research, Economic Record, Bulletin of Economic Research, Asian Population Studies, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

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)

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

Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan)
Research Assistant, January 2001-July 2003

Current projects

1. “The Effect of Sex Ratio Imbalance on Mental Health and Mortality,” with Xiaobo Zhang, Peking University, China,  and Kamhon Kan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

2. "Gender Difference, Sex Ratio and Human Rights Reform: A Study of Global Sodomy Law Reform in the Post-WWII Era”

3. “The Effect of Teacher Quality on Parents’ Behavior: Evidence from the Taiwan Education Panel Survey,”  with Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Sydney, Australia, and Nicolás Salamanca, Melbourne Institute, Australia

4. “The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behavior: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India,” with Ishita Chatterjee, UWA Business School, Australia, and Li Yu, Central Univeristy of Finance and Economics, China

Teaching overview

Econ 4503 Advanced Economic Analysis

Econ 3205 Health Economics

Econ 2271 Business Econometrics


Health Economics; Labor Economics; Demographic Economics



Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Michigan State University

External positions

Fellow, Global Labor Organization

Nov 2017 → …

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aug 2014 → …

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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 27 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 10 Article

DDT exposure in early childhood and female breast cancer: Evidence from an ecological study in Taiwan

Chang, S., El-Zaemey, S., Heyworth, J. & Tang, M. C., 1 Dec 2018, In : Environment International. 121, p. 1106-1112 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Be a Good Samaritan to a Good Samaritan: Field evidence of other-regarding preferences in China

Chang, S., Dee, T. S., Tse, C. W. & Yu, L., 2016, In : China Economic Review. 41, p. 23-33

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Other-regarding preferences
Preference theory
Rate of return
2 Citations (Scopus)

What Will You Do If I Say ‘I Do’?: The Effect of the Sex Ratio on Time Use within Taiwanese Married Couples

Chang, S., Connelly, R. & Ma, P., 2016, In : Population Research and Policy Review. 35, 4, p. 471-500

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sex ratio
married couple
marriageable age
2 Citations (Scopus)

Evolution of the interindustry wage structure in China since the 1980s

Kwon, O., Chang, S. & Fleisher, B. M., 2015, In : Pacific Economic Review. 20, 1, p. 17-44

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wage structure
5 Citations (Scopus)

Mating competition and entrepreneurship

Chang, S. & Zhang, X., 2015, In : Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 116, p. 292-309

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Policy change
Entrepreneurial activity

Projects 2016 2016

UWA Led WUN - Global Adjustments to China’s Growth Transition

Robertson, P., Chang, S., Tyers, R., Wu, Y., Song, M., Bhorat, H., Lu, D., Yuan, J. & Ruan, J.

Worldwide Universities Network


Project: Research

Activities 2015 2018

  • 9 Publication peer review
  • 6 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Contribution to a conference

Asian-Pacific Economic Literature (Journal)

Simon Chang (Reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

Xiaobo Zhang

Simon Chang (Host)

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

IZA World Labor Conference

Simon Chang (Participant)

Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Kamhon Kan

Simon Chang (Host)

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

The Economic Journal (Journal)

Simon Chang (Reviewer)
Jan 2017

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review


Business Econometrics

Simon Chang &