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Department of Economics
Whitinger Business Building, room 201
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, Indiana 47306
Maoyong Fan, assistant professor of economics, received his Ph.D. from
University of California, Berkeley in 2009 and joined Ball State in the
same year. His research interests include environmental economics,
health economics and policy, labor economics, and development economics.
Maoyong’s research in environmental economics focuses on both short-
and long-term causal relationship between pollution and health. Examples
of research projects include: the effect of air pollution on mortality:
evidence from 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, surface water pollution and
cancer mortality in China, and the long-term effect of air pollution on
life expectancy in China. Maoyong's research in health economics focuses
on the economics of obesity. Examples of research projects include: the
effect of food stamp program participation on obesity of low-income
women and the impact of neighborhood parks/playground on childhood
obesity. Maoyong’s research in labor economics focuses on agricultural
labor market and illegal immigration. Examples of research projects
include: the effect of recessions on immigrant workers in U.S.
agriculture and mobility of agricultural workers. Maoyong’s research in
development economics focuses on China’s economic development. Examples
of research projects include: the return to cadre status in rural China
and the adverse and selection effects of China’s Great Leap Forward
Famine. Maoyong’s research has been published in prestigious academic
journals, including American Economic Review, American Journal of Health
Economics; International Journal of Industrial Organization; and
American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
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