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Research Team

Professor Bryce Hool

Director, CREA

Bryce Hool is Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in economics and a BSc(Hons) degree in mathematics from the University of Canterbury. Prior to joining SMU, Professor Hool held appointments at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he held administrative positions including Director of the Institute for Decision Sciences, Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; and at the University of Auckland, where he was Head of the Department of Economics and served as Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Email : brycehool@smu.edu.sg

Professor Jun Yu

Lead Principal Investigator, CREA

Jun Yu is Professor of Economics and Finance at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Lead Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA). He has a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. He has published more than 50 articles in academic journals and edited handbooks in economics, finance and statistics. He has won numerous international awards for his research, including being a fellow of the Journal of Econometrics and also a fellow of the Society of Financial Econometrics. He has twice won the Lee Kuan Yew Fellow for Research Excellence at SMU.

Email : yujun@smu.edu.sg

Professor Rhema Vaithianathan

Singapore Life Panel ® (SLP) Director, Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Rhema Vaithianathan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA) at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). She has won numerous awards and fellowship for research including being awarded a Harkness Fellowship at the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School.

Email : rhemav@smu.edu.sg

Professor Benedict Koh

Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Benedict Koh is Professor of Finance (Education) and Associate Dean at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (SMU). He was previously the Director of Centre for Silver Security at the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics. Prior to joining SMU, Dr Koh was Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Finance and Accounting at the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. Dr Koh graduated with a PhD in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining academia, he was a corporate banker at Chase Manhattan Bank. Dr Koh is a consultant and executive trainer of banks, companies and government agencies and is currently an Editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. His teaching and research interests are in Corporate Finance, Pension Finance, Investment Management, Financial Markets, Commercial Banking and Empirical Finance and Wealth Management.

Email: skkoh@smu.edu.sg

Professor Phang Sock Yong

Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Phang Sock Yong is Vice Provost (Faculty Matters) and Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA) and also holds the Celia Moh Professorial Chair at SMU. Professor Phang researches in the areas of housing and transport economics, focusing on the impacts of government policies on these sectors. She previously served as Interim Dean of the School of Economics and also Chair of the Department of Economics at SMU. Professor Phang also holds extensive external appointments and currently serves as Commission Member of the Competition Commission of Singapore, board member of the Energy Market Authority and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

Email: syphang@smu.edu.sg

Professor Denis Heng-Yan Leung

Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Denis Heng-Yan Leung is Professor of Statistics in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). He has a research programme in statistical theory and methods related to survey data. He has a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He has extensive experience in analysing health-related data, having been on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York between 1993 and 2001.

Email : denisleung@smu.edu.sg 

Professor TSE Yiu Kuen

Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Tse Yiu Kuen is Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University (SMU). He holds a PhD in Econometrics from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He has published around 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Email : yktse@smu.edu.sg 

Professor Olivia S. Mitchell

Collaborator, CREA

Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor as well as Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently, Dr Mitchell serves as a Research Associate at the NBER; independent Director on the Wells Fargo Advantage Fund Trusts Board; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan and a Member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Retirement Research Center. She received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the BA in Economics from Harvard University.

Email: omitchell@smu.edu.sg

Professor Michael D. Hurd

Collaborator, CREA

Michael D. Hurd is Senior Principal Researcher and Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Management University (SMU). Other research affiliations include Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Associate and Executive Committee member of the Michigan Retirement Research Center; Fellow of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement in the Netherlands, and Fellow of the Munich Research Institute for the Economics of Aging.
Dr Hurd holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Email: michaelhurd@smu.edu.sg

Professor Susann Rohwedder

Collaborator, CREA

Susann Rohwedder is Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation (US), Associate Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Singapore Management University (SMU). Other research affiliations include the Michigan Retirement Research Center and the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement in the Netherlands (NETSPAR). Dr Rohwedder holds Master’s degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Sorbonne in Paris and a PhD in economics from University College London.

Email: srohwedder@smu.edu.sg

Professor Peter C. B. Phillips

Co-Principal Investigator, CREA

Peter C. B. Phillips is one of the foremost econometricians in the world. He is Sterling Professor of Economics and Professor of Statistics at Yale University, Distinguished Term Professor at School of Economics, Singapore Management University (SMU), Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland and Professor at Southampton University. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is the founding editor of Econometric Theory and Themes in Modern Econometrics. He has written over 300 journal articles and refereed book chapters. His research on econometric methods for trending time series and panels has revolutionised empirical practice in applied macroeconomics, applied microeconomics and empirical finance. These methods have influenced research throughout the social and business sciences, including political science, sociology, communications and marketing, as well as topical scientific concerns such as climate change, long term climate trends and biodiversity.

Email: peterphillips@smu.edu.sg

Professor Kwong Koon-Shing

Researcher, CREA

Professor Kwong is Education Professor of Statistics in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University. He has published many Biostatistics research articles in top-ranked statistics journals, such as Statistics in Medicine,Biometrics and Statistical Methods in Medical Research.  He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching actuarial science and has earned several teaching excellence awards in his teaching career. Prof Kwong obtained his PhD in Statistics from Temple University in 1992.  He has two professional qualifications: Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Email: kskwong@smu.edu.sg

Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan

Researcher, CREA

Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan is Lee Kong Chian Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology, the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington. Her research interests include social demography, the life course and aging, population health, inequality, and sociology of family. She conducts research on these topics in the context of Southeast Asia. Her work has appeared in leading journals including Social Science & Medicine, The Gerontologist, Journal of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences, American Journal of Public Health, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Review. She is presently a co-Principal Investigator of the Vietnam Health and Aging Study funded by the National Institute on Aging at the US National Institutes of Health.  

Email: bteerawichit@smu.edu.sg

Terence Cheng

Affiliated Researcher, CREA

Terence Cheng is Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics at University of Adelaide. Terence is a health economist whose research interests are in the areas of health care insurance, medical labour markets, and the economics of ageing. Much of Terence’s research involves the application of econometric methods to address questions with a strong public policy focus. He has published widely in economics and multidisciplinary international peer-reviewed journals. Previously, Terence worked at the University of Melbourne where he was involved in the MABEL Longitudinal Survey of Australian Doctors. He remains an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Institute. Terence has a PhD in Health Economics from the Australian National University, and Masters & Bachelor degrees from the National University of Singapore.

Email: terence.cheng@adelaide.edu.au

Hwajin Yang

Researcher, CREA

Hwajin Yang is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University (NY, USA) in 2005.

She has established a strong research programme that is guided by one overarching question. How does our everyday experience contribute to the regulation of executive functions (EF) that are considered to be the foundation of human capital, because its functions—and dysfunctions—influence many aspects of our lives (psychological well-being, decision-making, adaptive behaviours, mental health and academic success), from infancy to old age? Since EF carries fundamental implications for adaptive cognitive functioning and integrative cognitive capacity in both children and adults, this is an exciting and fast-growing area of research.

She has published many empirical research articles in top-tier and prestigious journals in Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, and Social Psychology. She is currently serving as the associate editor of Frontiers in Developmental Psychology

Email: hjyang@smu.edu.sg

 

CHRISTINE HO

Researcher, CREA

Christine Ho is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, Singapore Management University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of public policy and family economics with a particular focus on household production. Recent research works tackle the implications of grandchild care on grandmothers’ economic behaviour, the evaluation and optimal design of child care subsidy programs, and the linkages between old age support and parental investments in children.

Email: christineho@smu.edu.sg

Seonghoon Kim

Researcher, CREA

Seonghoon Kim is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University and holds a PhD in Economics from Ohio State University. His primary research interests are health and labour economics. Dr Kim's current research project examines the welfare and life-cycle labour supply effects of access to health insurance. He has also published several articles in the area of health, development, and labour economics. At SMU, Dr Kim teaches health economics at an advanced level.

Email : seonghoonkim@smu.edu.sg

Li Jing

Researcher, CREA

Li Jing is a Lee Kong Chian Fellow and Assistant Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University. Her research interests are in urban economics, health economics, and real estate finance. Recently, she has published papers in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. She graduated from Syracuse University in May 2013 with a PhD in Economics.

Email: lijing@smu.edu.sg

Luca Facchinello

Researcher, CREA

Luca Facchinello is Assistant Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. His main research area is the economics of education, with a special focus on labour and social mobility issues. His current research investigates how providing students with different types of information affects their education choices, labour market outcomes, and social mobility patterns.

Email: lfacchinello@smu.edu.sg

Jungho LEE

Researcher, CREA

Jungho Lee specialises in labour economics with a focus on understanding the behaviour of business owners and the frictions they face. He applies theoretical modelling and empirical analysis to topics such as business formation, location choice and growth decisions. He received a PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015.

Email: jungholee@smu.edu.sg

Sunha Myong

Researcher, CREA

Sunha Myong is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests lie in the field of labour economics, human capital, and intergenerational mobility.

Email: sunhamyong@smu.edu.sg

Liang Jiang

Affiliated Researcher, CREA

Liang Jiang joined the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing in December 2015 as a Research Fellow and he works mainly on the methodology and housing modules.  

He has a PhD in Economics from Singapore Management University. His research interests are in the areas of econometrics and housing markets. He has published a paper in the Journal of Banking & Finance with Professor Peter Phillips and Professor Jun Yu, providing a new methodology for constructing real estate price indices from transaction data.

Email : ljiang@smu.edu.sg

Joelle Fong

Affiliated Researcher, CREA

Joelle Fong is Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Joelle’s broad research agenda focuses on the economic and health aspects of population ageing, and their implications for policy. Her research has been published in the Journal of Risk and InsuranceNorth American Actuarial JournalJournal of Pension Economics & Finance, and Scandinavian Actuarial Journal. Her work on health and ageing has been published in Health Services ResearchJournal of American Geriatrics Society, and Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics. Joelle currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association. She worked in the Singapore Civil Service before joining academia.

Email: j.fong@nus.edu.sg

Jessica Ya Sun

Research Fellow

Jessica Ya Sun is a Research Fellow at CREA. Her main research area is health economics, with a special focus on impact evaluations of healthcare policies and other social insurance programmes. Her current research investigates how alternative unemployment insurance designs affect labour supply behaviours and social welfare. She holds a PhD in Economics from Singapore Management University.

Email: yasun@smu.edu.sg

Chay Junxing

PhD Student, SOE - CREA

Chay Junxing is a PhD candidate in the School of Economics at Singapore Management University. Prior to joining the PhD programme, he was a research assistant at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and data scientist at Merck Sharp & Dohme. His current research interest is in health economics, specifically in healthcare financing and health behaviours.

Email: junxingchay.2016@phdecons.smu.edu.sg

 

Andree Hartanto

PhD Student, SOSS - CREA

Andree Hartanto is a PhD candidate in Psychology at Singapore Management University. He specialized in cognitive and developmental psychology. His current research investigates cognitive and socioemotional consequences of technological devices and social media in older adults.

Email: andreeh.2014@phdps.smu.edu.sg