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Lea Gimenez-Duarte '12
World Bank
Lea currently works as an Economist in the Latin-America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant in the South Asia Region. Her dissertation received the Elizabeth V. Stout Dissertation Award ( Her research has focused on the effect of family structure and shocks on wellbeing and long term outcomes. He job market paper, "Parental Loss and Children's Wellbeing," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Resources. She has also co-authored the Poverty Assessment Report for Bangladesh ( and a report that looks at the interrelationship between Conflict, Poverty and Access to Services in Afghanistan, and contributed to the Poverty and Food security Report for Afghanistan ( ). Her research interests are on development, poverty, health and human capital.
Jason Hockenberry '08

 Jason Hockenberry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously he was on the faculty in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa. His research addresses a variety of areas including the role of provider human capital in healthcare quality and efficiency, market and policy forces that impact the supply of healthcare services among older adults, and the impacts of behavioral health on the demand for health services.

"In reflecting on my time at Lehigh, the opportunity for close interaction with productive faculty was invaluable, as was the flexibility within the program to explore coursework across the university. These two features helped prepare me for success in an academic environment where research involves not only publishing papers within my discipline, but contributing to the literature in other disciplines and working within interdisciplinary research teams to successfully compete for grant funding."
Tom Hyclak
Professor, Economics
Lehigh University
Professor Hyclak specializes in labor market analysis, entrepreneurship education and community economic development. He recently published the paper "Casinos and Campus Crime," which tested whether casinos are associated with increased crime in host communities by looking at robberies, car thefts and burglaries reported on college campuses in four Midwestern states. The results show that robberies and car thefts are significantly higher on campuses in closer proximity to a casino, even after controlling for several campus and community characteristics related to criminal activity.
Justin Wang '09
Assistant Professor of Economics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
"Lehigh's PhD program in Business and Economics has trained me thoroughly to become a researcher as well as an educator. The small, close working relationship that the students have with the faculty first attracted me to Lehigh. Faculty from across disciplines are available to collaborate with the students and allowed me to pursue a variety of interests."
David van der Goes '10
PORPP-Pfizer Postdoc in Pharmacoeconomics
University of Washington
David van der Goes was chosen as the Stout Dissertation Award winner from the CBE.
Suhui Li '12
Assistant Professor of Health Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services
George Washington University

As an applied health economist, Suhui Li has focused her research on state health regulations, medical utilization, and physician incentives and behavior. She recently co-authored a study that assesses relationship between local hospital capacity and racial disparities in cardiac procedure use ( The study found that while smaller hospital capacity is associated with lower procedure rates for both whites and blacks, the impact tends to be larger on blacks. This finding suggests that consequences of fewer medical resources may be particularly pronounced for blacks, compared with whites.

Edward Timmons '07
Associate Professor of Economics
Saint Francis University
"The Ph.D. program provided me with teaching experience that proved valuable. In today's academic job market, the importance of publishing refereed journal articles requires an increasing level of emphasis. The new third-year paper requirement provides students with extra motivation to start thinking about the academic publication process as early as possible. Several faculty members take a genuine interest in graduates of the program becoming successful."
Matt Saboe '13
Assistant Professor of Economics
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Matt's research focuses on urban economics and entrepreneurship, considering how industrial, cultural, and social characteristics of a city affect entrepreneur entry, capital acquisition, and survival.

"The PhD program at Lehigh was rigorous and supportive in providing me with a great foundation with which to begin my career. Lehigh offered close faculty relationships and a breadth of teaching experiences to position me competitively for the job market."
Shin-Yi Chou
Professor, Economics
Lehigh University

Shin-Yi Chou recently co-authored the largest study of its kind linking fast-food ads during children's shows to our nation's childhood obesity epidemic. Chou found that a ban on fast-food television advertisements during children's programming would reduce the number of overweight children ages 3-11 by 18 percent, while also lowering the number of overweight adolescents ages 12-18 by 14 percent.

The authors also question whether such a high degree of government involvement-and the costs of implementing such policies-is a practical option. Currently, Sweden, Norway and Finland are the only countries to have banned commercial sponsorship of children's programs.
Cheng Chen
PhD in Business and Economics Candidate

Cheng Chen's research interests focus on health economics, applied econometrics, development economics, and family economics. Currently, he is studying the impact of in utero malaria exposure on future health outcomes. The results indicate that the malaria control program implemented in Taiwan improves educational attainment, and it also significantly reduces inpatient admissions, heart diseases, and some major illnesses (e.g., chronic renal failure and chromosomal anomalies) among females. In another paper, Chen examines a unique policy change in China—"Home Appliance Going to the Countryside"—and uses it to identify the effect of household technology on weight gain. This study finds that household technology causes females to gain weight, likely through the increases in their caloric intake and sedentary activities after adopting the technologies.

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