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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.
Yi Lu '12
Assistant Professor
College of Health and Sciences, Barry University
"Completing my PhD in Economics at Lehigh University is one of my best decisions and the result is definitely rewarding. Besides its outstanding and caring faculty and staff members, much of the program resource is devoted to providing hands-on trainings of teaching and research to the graduate students. The flexible curriculum encourages and facilitates the student to specialize in areas of their interest and the intercollegiate environment offers ample opportunities to work with faculty and researchers across various disciplines."

Louie Lu is interested in studying issues related to policy, economics and finance in the healthcare sector. Specifically, his current work focuses on two directions: (1) the effects of medical malpractice liability on treatment intensity, patient health outcomes and its welfare implications; and (2) the influence of quality information and financial performance on the effect of healthcare provider competitions.
Shanshan Liu '14
PhD in Business and Economics Candidate

Shanshan Liu is interested in both health economics and labor economics. Currently, she is studying the effects of hospital mergers on the quality of health outcomes for patients who had heart attacks and for pregnant women in Pennsylvania. She finds that horizontal mergers that occurred in more concentrated markets are associated with worse outcomes for both types of patients; a pattern found to be persistent over the years after the mergers occurred. In her recent work in labor economics, she examines the impact of state-level minimum wages on employment levels, earnings, and job flows for youth, while taking spatial heterogeneity into account.

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