Photo credit: S. Gald – CeFH 2021

THANG DANG. Vietnamese Economist.

I am an applied micro-economist working on policy-relevant topics in labour, education, family and health economics. My current research focuses on the economics of human development, particularly social returns to education and human capital investments, and causal determinants of inequality and social mobility. I received a PhD in economics from the University of York and a master’s degree in economics from Victoria University of Wellington.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Fertility and Health (CeFH), Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI). For my further information: CV, ORCiD, Google Scholar and Twitter. Corresponding e-mails: or


The Gendered Dynamics of Adolescent Mental Health.

Universal Credit: Welfare Reform and Mental Health (with Mike Brewer, Emma Tominey), IZA DP No. 15178, HCEO WP 2022-008.

Understanding Ethnic Inequality: The Long-Term Effects of In Utero Exposure to Hostile Policies, Revise & Resubmit, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

The Multigenerational Impacts of Educational Expansion: Evidence from Vietnam (with Thomas Cornelissen), Revise & Resubmit, Labour Economics.


Culture and Educational Success (with Thomas Cornelissen)

Child Education and Family Health (with Mika Haapanen, Tuomo Suhonen)


Retirement and Health Services Utilization in a Low-Income Country, Economics of Transition and Institutional Change 30(3): 597-620, 2022.

Intergenerational Earnings and Income Mobility in Vietnam, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 34(1): 113-136, 2020.

Quasi-experimental Evidence on the Political Impacts of Education in Vietnam, Education Economics 27(2): 207-221, 2019.

Do the More Educated Utilize More Health Care Services? Evidence from Vietnam Using a Regression Discontinuity Design, International Journal of Health Economics and Management 18(3): 277-299, 2018.

Human Resource Management Practices and Firm Outcomes: Evidence from Vietnam (with Thai Tri Dung, Vu Thi Phuong, Tran Dinh Vinh), Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies 25(2): 221-238, 2018.

The Determinants of Self-medication: Evidence from Urban Vietnam (with Nguyen Trong Hoai), Social Work in Health Care 56(4): 260-282, 2017.