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Dr Jinhu Li



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, McMaster University, 2011


Jinhu Li is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics in Deakin Business School. Jinhu obtained her PhD in Economics from McMaster University in Canada in 2011. Her research fields of interest are health economics, applied microeconometrics, the economics of education and labour economics. Jinhu's areas of research include the social-economic determinants of health, the dynamics of health development, incentives in the healthcare markets and the performance of health care providers, and labour supply behaviour of physicians. She is also interested in the application of microeconometric techniques, in particular, panel data modelling methods to various empirical topics in applied economics.

Jinhu is currently working on projects investigating the socio-economic determinants of health and human capital during childhood and adolescence, the effect of education on health and health-related behaviours, intergenerational transmission of human capital, the effect of competition on quality of health care provided by physicians, and the effect of financial incentives on doctors’ provision of health care.

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Research interests

  • Health Economics
  • Applied Micro-econometrics
  • Economics of Education


  • Member, Australian Health Economics Society.
  • Member, European Health Economics Association.
  • Member, International Health Economics Association.

Teaching interests

  • Health Economics
  • Micro-econometrics
  • Microeconomics

Units taught

MAE256: Analytical Methods in Economics and Finance


  • 'Understanding the effects of parental education on child health outcomes', Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA), AUD$191,912, 2018.


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Echo Effects of Health Shocks: The Intergenerational Consequences of Prenatal and Early-Life Malnutrition during the Great Leap Forward Famine in China

J Li, N Menon

(2021), Journal of Development Studies, C1

journal article

How do surgeons' trade-off between patient outcomes and risk of complications in total knee arthroplasty? a discrete choice experiment in Australia

S Szawlowski, P Choong, J Li, E Nelson, M Nikpour, A Scott, V Sundararajan, M Dowsey

(2019), Vol. 9, BMJ Open, C1

journal article

Accuracy of patient recall for self-reported doctor visits: is shorter recall better?

Kim Dalziel, Jinhu Li, Anthony Scott, Philip Clarke

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 1684-1698, Health economics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Do financial incentives influence GPs' decisions to do after-hours work? A discrete choice labour supply model

Barbara Broadway, Guyonne Kalb, Jinhu Li, Anthony Scott

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. e52-e66, Health economics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The dynamics of adolescent depression: an instrumental variable quantile regression with fixed effects approach

P Contoyannis, J Li

(2017), Vol. 180, pp. 907-922, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: series A (statistics in society), Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Does more education lead to better health habits? Evidence from the school reforms in Australia

J Li, N Powdthavee

(2015), Vol. 127, pp. 83-91, Social science and medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Retaining rural doctors: Doctors' preferences for rural medical workforce incentives

J Li, A Scott, M McGrail, J Humphreys, J Witt

(2014), Vol. 121, pp. 56-64, Social science and medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Physician response to pay-for-performance: evidence from a natural experiment

J Li, J Hurley, P DeCicca, G Buckley

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 962-978, Health economics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The evolution of health outcomes from childhood to adolescence

P Contoyannis, J Li

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 11-32, Journal of health economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Understanding the effects of parental education on child health outcomes

Dr Jinhu Li

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2019: $112,102
  • 2018: $202,054


Associate Supervisor

Bo Yu

Thesis entitled: How do environmental mandates impact internal migration in Chinese cities?

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics