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Dr Terence Cheng

Telephone +61 8 8313 1175
Position Senior Lecturer
Fax +61 8 8223 1460
Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 4 06
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Economics

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Biography/ Background

Terence Cheng is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Economics. Before joining the University of Adelaide in January 2015, Terence was a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he remains a honorary senior fellow.

Terence’s research interests are in the fields of Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Labour Economics. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Health Economics, The Economic Journal, Health Economics, and Social Science and Medicine. His research is regularly featured in Australian and international media.

Terence has also consulted for and worked on commission research by both governmental and international organisations clients including the World Bank, Victorian Department of Health, and the National Health Workforce Taskforce. 

He has worked extensively with the MABEL Longitudinal Survey of Australian medical doctors, and is a honorary fellow of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. He is also an affiliate of the Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) at the University of York. Terence obtained his PhD from the Australian National University.

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PhD in Health Economics, Australian National University, 2011.

Masters of Social Science in Economics, National University of Singapore, 2005

Bachelor of Social Science in Economics (Honours), National University of Singapore, 2002


Research Interests

  1. Health care demand and insurance.
  2. Economics of the medical labour market (e.g. doctors’ labour supply, professional networks). 
  3. Health care financing and provision in mixed public-private systems
  4. Applied microeconometrics (e.g. count, LDV variables; simulation methods) and panel data (e.g. attrition). 
  5. Happiness and well-being.
Terence is interested to supervise PhD students in any of the above areas. 



Published and Accepted Papers (selected):

Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winners and their health care demand” (with Joan Costa-Font & Nick Powdthavee), American Journal of Health Economics, Accepted.

Longitudinal evidence for a midlife nadir in human well-being: Results from four data sets” (with Nick Powdthavee & Andrew Oswald), The Economic Journal, Accepted.

One man’s blessing, another woman’s curse: Do family factors explain the gender-earnings gap of doctors” (with Stef Schurer, Dan Kuehnle & Tony Scott), Industrial Relations, 55, 385-414, 2016.

Attrition bias in panel data: A sheep in wolf’s clothing? A case study based on the MABEL Survey” (with Pravin Trivedi), Health Economics, 24(9), 1101-1117, 2015.
Creaming skimming and hospital transfers in a mixed public-private system” (with John Haisken-Denew & Jongsay Yong).  Social Science and Medicine, 132, 156-164. May 2015.

Measuring the effects of removing subsidies for private insurance on public expenditure for health careJournal of Health Economics, 33, 159-179. 2014.

“Hospital utilisation in a mixed public-private system” (Alfons Palangkaraya & Jongsay Yong), Applied Economics, 46(8), 859–870. 2014

An empirical analysis of public and private practice by medical specialists in Australia" (with Tony Scott & Catherine Joyce) Health Policy, 111(1) , 43-51. 2013

What factors influence the earnings of General Practitioners and medical specialists in Australia? Evidence from the MABEL Survey” (with Tony Scott, SH Jeon et al), Health Economics, 21(11), 1300-1317. 2012


Entry last updated: Monday, 24 Apr 2017

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