Han Yu

Assistant Professor , Department of Economics, Director of the Health Econ. Research Center

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Ph.D. Economics, Louisiana State University, 2018

M.S. Economics, Louisiana State University, 2016

M.S. Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, China, 2013

B.S. Information & Computing Science, Suzhou Univ of Sci & Tech, China, 2010 

Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Memphis, August 2022 - present 

Director of the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, University of Memphis, August 2022 - present 

Assistant Professor of Finance and Applied Economics, Wright School of Business, Dalton State College, August 2020 - May 2022 

Postdoc Research Associate, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, August 2018 - August 2020 

Editorial Board, Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, 2019 - 2022 


“The Effect of Public Health Insurance on Criminal Recidivism,” (with Erkmen G. Aslim, Murat C. Mungan, and Carlos I. Navarro), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2022, vol. 41, 45-91. 

“Labor Demand Shocks and Earnings and Employment Differentials: Evidence from the U.S. Shale Oil & Gas Boom,” (with Gregory B. Upton), Energy Economics, 2021, vol. 102, 105462. 

“Am I the Big Fish? The Effect of Ordinal Rank on Student Academic Performance in Middle School,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2020, vol. 176, pp. 18-41. 

“Can Superstition Create a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? School Outcomes of Dragon Children of China,” (with Naci Mocan), Journal of Human Capital, 2020, vol. 14, 485-534 (Lead article). 

“Income Comparison and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from Self-Perceived Relative Income Data from China,” Eastern Economic Journal, 2019, vol. 40, 428-462. 

“The Impact of Self-Perceived Relative Income on Life Satisfaction: Evidence from British Panel Data,” Southern Economic Journal, 2019, vol. 86, pp. 726-745. 

“The Impact of High School Curriculum on Confidence, Academic Success, and Mental and Physical Well-Being of University Students,” (with Naci Mocan), Journal of Labor Research, 2019, vol. 40, pp. 428-462. 

“Income Inequality and Financial Reform in Asia: The Role of Human Capital,” (with Jie Li), Applied Economics, 2014, vol. 46, pp. 2920-2935 

Research Interests:

Health economics, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, and Economics of Culture

Teaching Interests:

Microeconomics, Health Economics, Economics of Education

Working Papers:

“A Welfare Analysis of Medicaid and Crime,” (with Erkmen G. Aslim and Murat C. Mungan)