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Sophie Yan

  • Title: Dr
  • Position: Scholarly Teaching Fellow - Department of Economics

Contact Details


  • 2010-2015 Ph.D. in Economics, University of New South Wales  
  • 2006-2010 Bachelor of Economics (Econometrics), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • 2006-2010 Bachelor of Arts (Commercial English), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Research Fields

  • Health economics 
  • Labour economics
  • Policy evaluation 
  • Pension and retirement

Research Papers

  • Use It or Abuse It? Evaluating the Chinese New Cooperative Medical Scheme Policy Job Market Paper 
  • Wealthy or Wise? The Impact of the Higher Education Reform in rural China 
  • The Impact of Zero-profit Policy for Essential Drugs on Medical Costs and Quality of Health Care in China

Work in Progress 

  • Unvalued Daughter or Expensive Bride? Marriage Market and the Sex Ratio at Birth 
  • The Long-lasting Effects of the Great Chinese Famine on Risk Preference in Adulthood

Grants and Scholarships

  • 2014 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme ($1,650) 
  • 2013 Australian Health Economics Society Conference Participation Grant ($500) 
  • 2010-2014 China Scholarship Council ($81,600) 
  • 2010-2014 UNSW Business School Supplementary Scholarship ($32,000)

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • 2014 
    • University of New South Wales, Australia
    • University of Wollongong, Australia
    • Econometric Society Australian Meeting/Australian Conference of Economists (ESAM/ACE), Hobart Australia 
  • 2013 The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) 9th World Congress, Sydney Australia

Working Experience

  • 2017 - present Macquarie University, Scholarly Teaching Fellow 
  • 2016 - present 
    • ARC Centre of Excellence in Population and Ageing Research, Research Fellow 
      • Contributed to literature review in pension fund and individual choice regarding pension fund.
      • Contributed to data analysis for superannuation and elderly life in Australia. 
  • 2014 - 2016 
    • “Finance and Labour: A Firm-level Analysis” coordinated by Prof Elisabetta Magnani, Research Assistant 
      • Conducted literature reviews, cleaned data, and estimated empirical models using various techniques and methods. 
  • 2015 S2 
    • Microeconomics 1, Business Economics, Business and Government, University of New South Wales, Tutor in Charge 
      • Contributed tutor coordination and tutorial class management. 
      • Facilitated and led active class discussions on various topics in my tutorials. 
      • Prepared solutions to tutorial questions, and marked written reports with detailed comments. 
  • 2015 S1 
    • Microeconomics 2, University of New South Wales, Tutor 
      • Tutorial class design (discussed about the best set of weekly questions with other tutors). 
      • Facilitated and lead a discussion on various topics in my tutorials. 
  • 2014 - 2015 
    • Microeconomics 2, University of New South Wales, Summer School Tutor 
      • Course design (provided the lecturer with comments and inputs to various assessments). 
      • Provided students with detailed comments and textbook references. 
      • Monitored the student forum and communicated with the lecturer on the students’ needs. 
  • 2014 S1 
    • Business and Economic Statistics, University of New South Wales, Tutor 
  • 2010 
    • Financial Weekly, Shanghai, Journalist 
      • Conducted investigation and wrote newspaper articles of different topics.
  • 2009 
    • Department of Statistical Analysis, People’s Bank of China, Hangzhou, Analyst 
      • Joined the “national savings and economic growth” project (collected data and prepared a report)

Computer Skills

  • Office software 
    • MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, Latex (Lyx) 
  • Statistical software 
    • STATA, EVIEWS, Matlab