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A/Prof. 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 in Deakin Business School. Wang received his BA from Colby, his MA from Michigan and his PhD from Melbourne. Before moving to Australia, he was a senior analyst at Abt Associates Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland (USA) involved in analysing 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, obesity and the economics of China.

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

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Research interests

  • Applied Micro Econometrics
  • Program Evaluation (treatment effects)
  • Health Economics
  • Obesity
  • Subjective Well-Being


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

Teaching interests

  • Applied Econometrics

Units taught

  • MAE306 - Applied Econometrics for Economics and Finance
  • MAE906 - Advanced Applied Econometrics

Media appearances

  • Extra Status and Extra Stress: Are Promotions Good for Us?
  • The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths
  • The Marital Satisfaction of Differently-Aged Couples
  • Received international media coverage including MSN (US), MSN (Canada), Yahoo (UK), Huffington Post (UK), Huffington Post (Canada), ABC News (Australia), Daily Mail (UK), Science Daily,, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, South China Morning Post, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Marie Claire (Australia). Radio interviews: ABC Radio Melbourne (Breakfast show Richelle Hunt and Brian Nankervis), ABC Radio Sydney (Drive with Richard Glover).
  • Interviewed on the ABC Illawarra Breakfast Show, 23 September 2008.
  • Received coverage on the Wall Street Journal blog, July 2012.


  • Lee, W.S., Islam, A. and Nicholas, A., 'Chess and Children in Rural Bangladesh: Effects on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills'.
  • Lee, W.S., Johnston, D. and Shields, M., 'Crime, Media Coverage and Wellbeing'.
  • Lee, W.S. and Zhao, Z., 'Assortative Mating by Hukou and the Wellbeing of Couples in China'.
  • Lee, W.S. and Ulker, A., 'House Price Gains, Health and Wellbeing in Australia'. 
  • Lee, W.S. and Mallick, D., 'Evaluating a Credit Program for Tenant Farmers in Bangladesh'.
  • Lee, W.S., Austin, M.P., Mihalopoulos, C. et al., 'Policy Impacts of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative'.


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The marital satisfaction of differently aged couples

W Lee, T McKinnish

(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 337-362, Journal of population economics, Berlin, Germany, C1


Policy impacts of the Australian National Perinatal Depression Initiative: psychiatric admission in the first postnatal year

Wang-Sheng Lee, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Mary Chatterton, Georgina Chambers, Nicole Highet, Vera Morgan, Elizabeth Sullivan, Marie-Paule Austin

(2018), pp. 1-11, Administration and policy in mental health and mental health services research, New York, N.Y., C1


Height, weight and well-being for rural, urban and migrant workers in China

W Lee, Z Zhao

(2017), Vol. 132, pp. 117-136, Social indicators research, Berlin, Germany, C1


The gender wage gap and the role of reservation wages: new evidence for unemployed workers

W Lee, M Caliendo, R Mahlstedt

(2017), Vol. 136, pp. 161-173, Journal of economic behavior & organization, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Big and tall: Does a height premium dwarf an obesity penalty in the labor market?

W Lee

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 289-304, Economics and Human Biology, Geelong, Vic., C1


Body fatness charts based on BMI and waist circumference

W Lee

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


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

A Islam, W Lee

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


Height, aging and cognitive abilities across Europe

C Guven, W 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

D Johnston, W Lee

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


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

C Guven, W Lee

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


Propensity score matching and variations on the balancing test

W Lee

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


Fat chance! Obesity and the transition from unemployment to employment

M Caliendo, W Lee

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


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

W Lee, C Guven

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


Climbing the job ladder : new evidence of gender inequity

D Johnston, W Lee

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


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

D Johnston, W Lee

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


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

W Lee, S Suardi

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


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

W Lee

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


The labour market effects of vocational education and training in Australia

W Lee, M Coelli

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


Low-paid employment and unemployment dynamics in Australia

H Buddelmeyer, W Lee, M Wooden

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


The Australian firearms buyback and its effect on gun deaths

W Lee, S Suardi

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


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

D Johnston, W Lee

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


Childcare use and parents' labour suppy in Australia

G Kalb, W Lee

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


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

G Kalb, W Lee

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


Income support and stigma effects for young Australians

W Lee, U Oguzoglu

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


The impacts of welfare reform on recipients of housing assistance

W Lee, E Beecroft, M Shroder

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


The impacts of welfare reform on child maltreatment in Delaware

D Fein, W Lee

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


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