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AsPr Wang Sheng Lee



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2007


Wang-Sheng Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Deakin University. Wang received his B.A. from Colby, his M.A. from Michigan and his Ph.D from Melbourne. Before moving to Australia, he was a senior analyst at Abt Associates Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland (USA) involved in analyzing the experimental welfare reform evaluations for the states of Delaware and Indiana. His research interests include program evaluation techniques, health and labour economics, happiness economics and obesity.

He has published papers in journals such as Demography, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters, Health Economics, Empirical Economics, the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Economic Psychology. He is the recipient of the 2012/2013 Lawrence R. Klein Award from Empirical Economics, a biannual prize awarded for the best paper published in the journal.

He is currently Director of the China Business and Economic Research Centre (CBERC) at Deakin University.

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Research interests

Applied Micro Econometrics

Program Evaluation (treatment effects)

Health Economics


Subjective Well-Being


Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn

Teaching interests

Applied Econometrics

Units taught

MAE203 The Global Economy

MAE901 Advanced Econometrics

Media appearances

‘The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths.’ Interviewed on the ABC Illawarra Breakfast Show on Sep 23, 2008.

‘Extra Status and Extra Stress: Are Promotions Good for Us?’  Received coverage on the Wall Street Journal blog in July 2012.


Current research projects

Effects of Chess Instruction on Young Children (with A. Islam and A. Nicholas)
The Marital Satisfaction of Differently-Aged Couples (with T. McKinnish)

Assortative Mating by Hukou and the Wellbeing of Couples in China (with Z. Zhao)

House Price Gains, Health and Wellbeing in Australia (with A. Ulker)
Evaluating a Credit Program for Tenant Farmers in Bangladesh (with D. Mallick)

Crime, Media Coverage and Wellbeing (with D. Johnston and M. Shields)
Policy Impacts of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (with Marie-Paule Austin, C. Mihalopoulos et al.)

Big and Tall: Is there a Height Premium or Obesity Penalty in the Labor Market?

The Gender Wage Gap: Does a Gender Gap in Reservation Wages Play a Part? (with M. Caliendo and R. Mahlstedt)


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Body fatness charts based on BMI and waist circumference

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 245-249, Obesity, London, Eng., C1


Bureaucratic corruption and income : evidence from the land sector in Bangladesh

Asadul Islam, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 1499-1516, Journal of development studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Height, aging and cognitive abilities across Europe

Dr Cahit Guven, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 16-29, Economics and human biology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Extra status and extra stress : are promotions good for us

David W Johnston, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2013), Vol. 66, pp. 32-54, Industrial and labor relations review, Ithaca, N.Y., C1


Propensity score matching and variations on the balancing test

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 47-80, Empirical economics, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Fat chance! Obesity and the transition from unemployment to employment

Marco Caliendo, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 121-133, Economics and human biology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Height and cognitive function at older ages : is height a useful summary measure of early childhood experiences?

Dr Cahit Guven, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 224-233, Health economics, London, England, C1


Engaging in corruption: The influence of cultural values and contagion effects at the microlevel

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Dr Cahit Guven

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 287-300, Journal of Economic Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Climbing the job ladder : new evidence of gender inequity

David W Johnston, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 129-151, Industrial relations, Hoboken, N. J., C1-1


Minimum wages and employment: reconsidering the use of a time series approach as an evaluation tool

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Sandy Suardi

(2011), Vol. 49, pp. s376-s401, British journal of industrial relations, Chichester, England, C1-1


Comparative case studies of the effects of inflation targeting in emerging economies

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2011), Vol. 63, pp. 375-397, Oxford economic papers, Oxford, England, C1-1


Explaining the female black-white obesity gap: a decomposition analysis of proximal causes

David W Johnston, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 1429-1450, Demography, New York, N. Y., C1-1


The labour market effects of vocational education and training in Australia

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Michael B Coelli

(2010), Vol. 43, pp. 389-408, Australian economic review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


The Australian firearms buyback and its effect on gun deaths

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Sandy Suardi

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 65-79, Contemporary economic policy, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Low-paid employment and unemployment dynamics in Australia

Hielke Buddelmeyer, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Mark Wooden

(2010), Vol. 86, pp. 28-48, Economic record, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Retiring to the good life? The short-term effects of retirement on health

David W Johnston, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2009), Vol. 103, pp. 8-11, Economic letters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Childcare use and parents' labour suppy in Australia

Guyonne Kalb, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2008), Vol. 47, pp. 272-295, Australian economic papers, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Income support and stigma effects for young Australians

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Umut Oguzoglu

(2007), Vol. 40, pp. 369-384, Australian economic review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


The effect of an alternative childcare subsidy on labour supply: a policy simulation

Guyonne Kalb, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 39-57, Australian journal of labour economics, Perth, W. A., C1-1


The impacts of welfare reform on recipients of housing assistance

A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee, Erik Beecroft, Mark Shroder

(2005), Vol. 16, pp. 433-468, Housing policy debate, Abingdon, England, C1-1


The impacts of welfare reform on child maltreatment in Delaware

David J. Fein, A/Prof Wang Sheng Lee

(2003), Vol. 25, pp. 83-111, Children and youth services review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1