PhD defence of Hao Zhang 5 October 2017

On Thursday 5 October Hao Zhang will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Dealing with Health and Health Care System Challenges in China: Assessing health determinants and health care reforms'. Supervisor is Professor Eddy van Doorslaer and the co-supervisor is Dr. Theresa Bago d'Uva (both from Erasmus School of Economics). Other members of the committee are: Professor Owen O'Donnell (Erasmus School of Economics and University of Macedonia), Professor Maarten Lindeboom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Professor Winnie Yip (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).

About Hao Zhang

Born in China, Hao Zhang obtained her bachelor's degree in economics from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2010. She then came to Tinbergen Institute, as her experience as an RA for a health economist at Peking University convinced her that postgraduate study was the right choice. She obtained her MPhil degree in economics from University of Amsterdam and became a PhD candidate at Erasmus School of Economics in 2012. Her research is mainly focused on population health and health care in her faschinating homeland - China.

Thesis abstract

This dissertation investigates the challenges faced by China around 2010 in two domains - population health and the health care system.
Specifically, chapers 2 and 3 are devoted to health challenges, explaining the female healh disadvantages in later life and assessing the effect of only children on their elderly parents' mental wellbeing. Chapters 4 and 5 are devoted to health care system challenges, assessing in rural China if bottom-up results-based reforms could improve the health system performance under limited funding and if a simplified diagnosis-related group (DRG)-based hospital payment system could contain the fast-growing health expenditure.

More information

Hao Zhang conducted her doctoral research at the Tinbergen Institute. The Tinbergen Institute is a joint research institute of Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam.

For more information about this ceremony, please contact Ronald de Groot, Communication Officer of the Erasmus School of Economics phone +31 10 408 1762 or by e-mail:

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