Dr Terence Cheng

Dr Terence Cheng
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Economics
 Email terence.cheng@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1175
 Location Floor/Room 4 10 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Terence Cheng is Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics, University of Adelaide. He is a health economist whose current research interests are in the areas of health care insurance, medical labour market, the economics of ageing, and applied microeconometrics.

    Terence has published in both general and field journals in economics including the Economic Journal, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, and multidisciplinary journals such as Social Science and Medicine and Health Policy. His research has been featured in Australian and international media. He has also worked on consultancy and commission research by international organisation and governmental clients such as the World Bank, the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria, Australia), and Health Workforce Australia.

    Terence is also currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA), and Visiting Associate Professor of the School of Economics at the Singapore Management University. He was a recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2018 where he visited New Zealand to collaborate with researchers to establish a new research program on the economics of ageing and well-being. 

    Prior to joining Adelaide, Terence worked at the University of Melbourne where he was involved in the MABEL Longitudinal Survey of Australian Doctors. He remains an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Institute.Terence has a PhD from the Australian National University, and Master and Bachelor degrees from the National University of Singapore.

    Personal website: www.terencechaicheng.wordpress.com

  • Qualifications

    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.
    6. Economics of ageing
    Terence is interested to supervise PhD students in any of the above areas. 


  • Publications

    Published and Accepted Papers (selected):

    Monthly spending dynamics of the elderly following a health shock: Evidence from Singapore. (with Rhema Vaithianathan and Jing Li) Health Economics, 28(1), 23-43, 2019.

    "Mortality reductions from marginal increases in public spending on health" (with Laura Edney et al). Health Policy, 51(2), 660-692, 2018. 

    “What factors affect doctors' hours decision? Comparing structural discrete choice and reduced-form approaches" (with Guyonne Kalb et al), Health Economics, 2018. http://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3572. 

    “Estimating the reference ICER for the Australian health system” (with Laura Edney et al.). Pharmacoeconomics, 36:2, 239-252. 2018

    “Public, private or both? Analysing factors influencing the labour supply of medical specialists" (with Guyonne Kalb and Tony Scott), Canadian Journal of Economics, 51(2), 660-692, 2018.

    “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, 4(1), 26-50, 2018.  

    “Longitudinal evidence for a midlife nadir in human well-being: Results from four data sets” (with Nick Powdthavee & Andrew Oswald), The Economic Journal, 127(559), 126-142, 2017.

    “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 care” Journal of Health Economics, 33, 159-179. 2014.

    "An empirical analysis of public & private practice by medical specialists in Australia" (with Catherine Joyce & Tony Scott), 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 

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