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Zhang, Shuang Associate Professor


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research overview

  • My research interests are applied microeconomics with a focus on environment, energy, health, and development. The core of my research seeks to investigate these classical and new questions in emerg- ing economies to contribute to the fields of development economics, health economics, and environmental and energy economics. I use the tools from economics to gain insight into economic behavior and market outcomes and to provide research-based policy recommendations. My research agenda has two main themes: 1) environment and energy, and 2) health and gender.


  • Development Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Environmental Economics


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courses taught

  • ECON 4646 - Topics in Health Economics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Growth in health expenditures worldwide over the past three decades has led to an increase in research in health economics and its importance in public policy in developed and developing countries. The purpose of this course is to encourage students to read, think, and do research on issues in health economics. This course will cover issues that are pertinent to the US, other developed and developing countries. It will cover the basics of health economics such as health production functions and the role for government as well as touching on topical issues such as health care reform. Recommended prerequisites: ECON 3818 or CSCI 3022.
  • IAFS 4500 - The Post-Cold War World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Capstone course for international affairs majors. Examines the ways in which the end of the Cold War, the collapse of failed states, and the rise of global terrorism changed the world. Studies how peoples, governments and nongovernmental organizations face new social, political, economic and security challenges in an era of globalization. Includes discussion, oral reports, critical book reviews, and research papers.
  • IAFS 4810 - Honors in International Affairs
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of IAFS 4800. Students complete original research begun in the fall and write, defend their honors thesis and meet regularly with the instructor.


International Activities

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