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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? (Received coverage on the Wall Street Journal blog, July 2012).
  • The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths. (Interviewed on the ABC Illawarra Breakfast Show, 23 September 2008).
  • 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)).


  • Islam, A., Lee, W.S., and Nicholas, A., 'The Effects of Chess Instruction on Academic and Non-Cognitive Outcomes: Field Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country'.
  • Lee, W.S. and B. Li. Extreme Weather and Long-term Health: Evidence from Two Millennia of Chinese Elites'.
  • Lee, W.S. and Zhao, Z., 'Assortative Mating by Hukou and the Wellbeing of Couples in China'.
  • Lee, W.S. and Mallick, D., 'Evaluating a Credit Program for Tenant Farmers in Bangladesh'.


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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

(2019), Vol. 46, pp. 277-287, Administration and policy in mental health and mental health services research, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Locus of control and marital satisfaction: Couple perspectives using Australian data

W Lee, T McKinnish

(2019), Vol. 74, pp. 1-17, Journal of Economic Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The marital satisfaction of differently aged couples

W Lee, T McKinnish

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Body fatness charts based on BMI and waist circumference

W Lee

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Are neighbourhood characteristics important in predicting the post-school destinations of young Australians?

D Johnston, W Lee, C Shah, M Shields, J Spinks

(2014), Adelaide, S. Aust., A6

research report/technical paper

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

journal article

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 (United Kingdom), C1

journal article

Propensity score matching and variations on the balancing test

W Lee

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 47-80, Empirical Economics, C1-1

journal article

Fat chance! Obesity and the transition from unemployment to employment

M Caliendo, W Lee

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 121-133, Economics and Human Biology, C1-1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Climbing the Job Ladder: New Evidence of Gender Inequity

D Johnston, W Lee

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 129-151, Industrial Relations, C1-1

journal article

Explaining the Female Black-White Obesity Gap: A Decomposition Analysis of Proximal Causes

D Johnston, W Lee

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 1429-1450, Demography, C1-1

journal article

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, C1-1

journal article

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

W Lee

(2011), Vol. 63, pp. 375-397, Oxford Economic Papers, C1-1

journal article

The Labour Market Effects of Vocational Education and Training in Australia

W Lee, M Coelli

(2010), Vol. 43, pp. 389-408, Australian Economic Review, C1-1

journal article

Low-Paid employment and unemployment dynamics in Australia

H Buddelmeyer, W Lee, M Wooden

(2010), Vol. 86, pp. 28-48, Economic Record, C1-1

journal article

The Australian firearms buyback and its effect on gun deaths

W Lee, S Suardi

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 65-79, Contemporary Economic Policy, C1-1

journal article

Successful and unsuccessful pathways to employment

W Lee, M Van Zijll De Jong

(2010), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Measuring the quality of VET using the Student Outcomes Survey

W Lee, C Polidano

(2010), Adelaide, S. Aust., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Analysis of private returns to vocational education and training

W Lee, M Coelli

(2010), Adelaide, S. A., A6-1

research report/technical paper

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

D Johnston, W Lee

(2009), Vol. 103, pp. 8-11, Economics Letters, C1-1

journal article

Experiences of income support recipients with a mental illness

D Black, W Lee

(2009), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper



(2008), Vol. 47, pp. 272-295, Australian Economic Papers, C1-1

journal article

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

journal article

Income support and stigma effects for young Australians

W Lee, U Oguzoglu

(2007), Vol. 40, pp. 369-384, Australian Economic Review, C1-1

journal article

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

journal article

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, C1-1

journal article

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