Yang Wang

Position title: Associate Professor, Public Affairs

Email: yang.wang@lafollette.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-1802

212 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive

LaFollette School of Public Affairs
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Curriculum Vitae


As a health economist, my research focuses on understanding how individuals make health-related decisions, the implications of their decision-making process for policy-makers, and health effects of various public policies. As an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE), I have worked on projects related to the research areas of Health and the Life Course and the Demography of Inequality. On Health and the Life Course, I have looked into effects of subjective longevity expectations on adult smokers’ smoking decision, effects of time-inconsistent preferences on adult women’s mammography decision, and effects of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) on maternal smoking and child cognitive ability and quality of home environment. On the Demography of Inequality, my projects have examined the heterogeneous health effects of EITC and minimum wage by race/ethnicity, marital status, and educational attainment.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Demography of Inequality; Health and the Life Course

Selected Publications

Averett, Susan, Julie Smith, and Yang Wang. “The Effects of Minimum Wages on the Health of Working Teenagers.” Applied Economics Letters 24, no. 16 (2017): 1127-30. NIHMS ID 981468.