Thang Dang

I am a labor economist working on applied microeconomic topics in labor, education, family and health. My studies draw on causal research designs to explore questions related to the origins and consequences of education and human capital investments, and the determinants of inequality and social mobility. I received my PhD in economics from the University of York and my master’s degree in economics from Victoria University of Wellington.

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. My e-mail is or See further information about me or for social interactions: CVORCiDGoogle ScholarPre-Musk Twitter and Post-Musk Mastodon.


The Multigenerational Impacts of Educational Expansion: Evidence from Vietnam (with Thomas Cornelissen)Labour Economics 78: 102243, 2022.


The Making of Integration: Multigenerational Impacts of Investments in Refugees’ Human Capital.

The Spillover Effects of a High School Reform on the Next Generation’s Human Capital Development (with Pham Khanh Nam, Tuomo Suhonen).

The Causal Effects of Education on Family Health: Evidence from Expanding Access to Higher Education (with Mika Haapanen, Tuomo Suhonen).

Culture and Educational Success (with Thomas Cornelissen).

The Dynamic Effects of Gender on Adolescent Mental Health.

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

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


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.