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.