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YOONG Su-Yin, Joanne


  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health; Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (Primary)
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Joint)

Research Areas:

  • Behavioral economics
  • Health and Financial Decisionmaking
  • Development 

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Economics
  • Program Evaluation 

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • PhD Economics (2008) Stanford University
  • AB Economics, Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics (2000) Princeton University

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • Russell Sage Foundation Grant (2010-) 
  • RAND Health Investment Award Citi-IPA Research Preparation Grant (2 x winner) (2012-)

Career History:

  • Economist, RAND Corporation (2008-2012)
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs (2000-2002)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Director, RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2012
  • Associate Director, RAND Center for Financial and Economic Decisionmaking 2011-2012

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Lead Author, World Bank Toolkit for the Evaluation of Financial Capability Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Co-Principal Investigator, World Bank, Evaluation of Indonesia's PNPM-Urban (government poverty program)
  • Consultant, IFC/OECD/US Treasury/US Department of Labor/Ministry of Finance, Canada

Selected Publications:

  • Healthy Firms: Constraints to Growth among Private Health Sector Facilities in Ghana and Kenya(2012), with Neeraj Sood, Nicholas Burger, Connor P. Spreng, and Daniel Kopf, PLoS ONE 7(2): e27885. doi
  • Commitment Mechanisms and Compliance with Health-Protecting Behavior: Preliminary Evidence from Orissa (India)(2009), with Brian Blackburn, Aprajit Mahajan and Alessandro Tarozzi.
  • American Economic Private Sector Participation and Health System Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa (2010), with Nicholas Burger, Connor P. Spreng and Neeraj Sood, PLoS ONE 5(10): e13243. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013

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