Dr Yijuan Chen


Research School of Economics

Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 54909
Room 2009, HW Arndt Bld (25A)
Research areas

Health economics; Industrial organization.


Dr Yijuan Chen is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. His research interests are centred in applied microeconomics, particularly in health economics and industrial organization. His research theoretically analyses and empirically evaluates the intended and unintended consequences of public policies, such as hospital payment reforms, public disclosure policies, and counter-epidemic policies. He has published in leading economics journals including Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, and Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. Yijuan collaborates with leading researchers across Australia and overseas. The research projects he participated in have won prestigious grants including those from the Australian Research Council's Discovery Project, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. In 2013, his research on hospital waiting time policies was awarded the Early Career Research Prize by the Australian Health Economics Society. Yijuan has taught a broad range of economics courses, from undergraduate introductory micro and macro economics to more advanced, postgraduate courses such as Applied Micro-econometrics and Health Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Southampton. 

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Research publications

Refereed Journal Articles: 

12. Postsearch uncertainty, product heterogeneity, and price divergence, with Xiangting Hu and Sanxi Li, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, forthcoming, (https://doi.org/10.1111/jems.12561) 

11. Complementarity between online and offline channels for quality signaling, with Xiangting Hu and Sanxi Li, Journal of Economics, 2022, Vol. 135, pp. 49-74. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00712-021-00755-7)

10. Hospital report cards: Quality competition and patient selection, with Peter Sivey, Journal of Health Economics, 2021, Vol. 78, 102484 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2021.102484)

9. Healthcare insurance policy when provider and patient may collude, with Yaping Wu, David Bardey and Sanxi Li, Health Economics, 2021, Vol.30 (3), pp. 525-543. (https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.4206)

8. Competition and quality in healthcare with Peter Sivey, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance , 2019 (https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190625979.013.60) 

7. Optimal compensation rule under provider adverse selection and moral hazard, with Yaping Wu and Sanxi Li, Health Economics, 2018, Vol. 27 (3), pp. 509-524. (https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3590)

6. Quality differentiation and firms' choices between online and physical markets, with Xiangting Hu and Sanxi Li, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2017, Vol. 52, pp. 96-132. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijindorg.2017.01.003)

5. A theory of waiting time reporting and quality signalling, with Juergen Meinecke and Peter Sivey, Health Economics, 2016, Vol. 25(11), pp. 1355-1371. (https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3222)

4. Can online markets attract high quality products?, with Pu Chen, Xiangting Hu and Sanxi Li, Economic Modelling, 2015, Vol. 51, pp.65-71. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2015.07.010)

3. Do health care report cards cause providers to select patients and raise quality of care?, with Juergen Meinecke, Health Economics, 2012, Vol. 21(s1), pp.33-55.  (https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.2775)

2. Innovation frequency of durable complementary goods, Journal of Mathematical Economics, 2012, Vol. 48(6), pp.407-421.  (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmateco.2012.08.004)

1. Why are health care report cards so bad (good)?, Journal of Health Economics, 2011, Vol.30(3), pp.575-590.  (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.01.002)


Research grants and awards

  • 2024-2027, Chief Investigator, Project: "Counter-COVID public policies and the impacts on Australian children", Australian Research Council Discovery Project 24, Application ID: DP240101102

  • 2024-2027, Chief Investigator, Project: "Research on hospital competition via healthcare quality differentiation under the reform of hospital payment mode: from the perspective of industrial organization and incentive theory", National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant 72373071

  • 2018-2021, Chief Investigator, Project: “A study of e-commerce: the perspective of game theory and information economics”, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant 71773131

  • 2018-2020, Chief Investigator, Project: “Research on the Incentive Mechanism on Medical Insurance Payment System and Physician Remuneration System under the Hierarchical Diagnosis and Treatment System”, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant 71703075

  • 2013, Early Career Research Prize, the Australian Health Economics Society


Current Teaching:

Applied Micro-econometrics (EMET3006/4301/8001)

Health Economics (Econ3004/6039)

Previous Teaching:

Optimization for Economics and Financial Economics

Industrial Organization

Managerial Economics

Microeconomics 1

Mathematical Economics A

Mathematical Economics B