9th Annual Conference
Academic Luncheon Panel
The panel will provide a comprehensive overview of the following: (i) the critical issues of population aging in developed Asia-Pacific countries, e.g., China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Australia; (ii) the similarities and differences and what we can learn from these countries' experiences; and (iii) the pending research we need to attend to.
Professor Hanming FANG^, Joseph M. Cohen Term Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow of ABFER
Professor Yasuyuki SAWADA
Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, Japan
Yasuyuki SAWADA is currently Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo, Japan. From 2017 until 2021, he was Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). His key research areas are development economics, economics of disasters, and field surveys and experiments. Professor Sawada obtained his PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
Professor Yaohui ZHAO
Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
Yaohui ZHAO is Yangtze River Scholar Professor of economics at Peking University. She received B.A. and M.A. in economics from Peking University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty of the National School of Development (formerly known as the China Center for Economic Research) at Peking University in 1996 after briefly teaching at the George Washington University. Her research interests include labor, health and demographic economics. She is currently Associate Director of the Institute of Social Science Surveys of Peking University and Principal Investigator of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), a nationally representative sample survey of Chinese residents 45 and older.
Professor Hanming FANG
Joseph M. Cohen Term Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow of ABFER
Hanming FANG Joseph M. Cohen Term Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an applied microeconomist with broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on public economics, including topics such as discrimination, social insurance, and welfare reform, health insurance markets, and population aging. In 2008, Professor Fang was awarded the 17th Kenneth Arrow Prize by the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) for his research on the sources of advantageous selection in the Medigap insurance market. He was elected as a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2018.
Professor Fang is currently working on issues related to insurance markets, particularly the interaction between the health insurance reform and the labor market, and the alternative health insurance reform proposals. He also studies the Chinese economy, particularly on issues related to political economy, population aging and social security.
He has been a co-editor for leading economics journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and the International Economic Review, and has served on the editorial board for numerous journals. He currently serves as a senior editor for the Journal of Risk and Insurance, and is on the editorial committee of Annual Review of Economics (2020-2024). He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he served as the acting director of the Chinese economy working group from 2014 to 2016. He is also a research associate of the Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, an Executive Committee Member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, all at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as the Scientific Director of Australia-China Population Aging Research Hub at the University of New South Wales in Australia, and is a Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Economic and Finance Research (ABFER) in Singapore, a Research Fellow of the IZA in Germany.
Professor Fang received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Before joining the Penn faculty, he held positions at Yale University and Duke University.