Hanming Fang is Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) where he is also the Director of its Chinese Economy Working Group.
Professor Fang is an applied microeconomist with broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on public economics. His research covers topics ranging from discrimination, social economics, welfare reform, psychology and economics, to public good provision mechanisms, auctions, health insurance markets and population aging.
He is currently working on issues related to insurance markets, particularly the interaction between the labor market and US health insurance reform as well as the interaction between insurance markets and population aging. He also studies issues related to discrimination and affirmative action. He serves as a coeditor of the International Economic Review.
His research paper "Sources of advantageous selection: Evidence from the Medigap insurance market" received the 2008 Kenneth Arrow Award by the International Health Economist Association (iHEA). His current research projects on the racial disparities in health care, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the labor market have been awarded National Science Foundation research grants. He is also studying the detection of upcoming in Medicare billing and the dynamics of health plan offerings in the health insurance exchange.
Professor Fang received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Before joining the Penn faculty, he held positions at Yale University and Duke University.