Wei-Chao Huang

Wei-Chao Huang

Dr. Wei-Chiao Huang 


Department of Economics; Director, Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies, Diether Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE)
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984

5424 Friedmann Hall

(269) 387-5528

Areas of Interest

Labor/Demographic Economics, Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics


Dr. Huang has taught a variety of courses since joining this department in 1985. At the undergraduate level, he has taught Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, Labor Economics, Econometrics, Public Finance, and Studies in Asian Economies. At the Master level, he has taught Mathematical Economics, Econometrics, Graduate Seminar in Economics, and Price Theory. At the Ph.D. level, he has taught Human Resources (labor field course) I & II, and Economics Workshop. In addition, he has taught in China and Taiwan as a visiting professor at Guangxi University and Macau University of Science and Technology, as Winrock Foundation professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing, and Fulbright visiting professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He was also conferred Honorary Distinguished Professor by Xibei (Northwestern) University, China in July 1997. 


Dr. Huang's current research areas are on various labor market issues, marital formation and dissolution, household production approach to analyzing seemingly non-economic human behavior, and scientific validity of Chinese astrology. His research and publications deal with the economics of immigration, brain drain (non-return of foreign professionals), charitable behavior, employment changes and earnings, local economic development initiatives (enterprise zones), mortality and suicide, R&D efficiency, university ranking, superstition or ancient science--testing the scientific validity of Chinese astrology, and various issues related to China's economic reforms. 

Selected Publications

Dragon vs. Eagle: The Chinese Economy and US-China Economic Relations (to be co-edited with Huizhing Zhou), The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (in planning).

"The Association of Secular trends in Unemployment with Suicide in Taiwan: A Time-series Analysis" (with S.S. Chang, et. Al), Public Health, 2010, 24: 49-54.

"Cyclical Employment Changes in Taiwanese Industry" (with Christina Y. Liu and Chia-wei Wang), in The Labor Market and Economic Development of Taiwan, edited by Joseph Lee, Edward Elgar, 2007, 107-129.

"Relative Efficiency of R&D Activities: A Cross-Country Study Accounting for Environmental Factors in the DEA Approach" (with Eric Wang), Research Policy, Vol. 36, Issue 2, March 2007, 260-273.

"Are Shocks Asymmetric to Volatility of Chinese Stock Markets?" (with Y. Zhu). Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies Vol. 7, No. 3 (2004) 379-395

"The Instability of Unskilled Earnings," (with Michael Mamo) Industrial Relations Research Association 2004 Proceedings (Refereed Section).

"A Multinomial Logit Analysis of Methods Used by Persons Who Committed Suicide," (with Hwelin Chuang), Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 3, Nov. 2004.

"Unemployment, Immigration and NAFTA: A Panel Study of Ten Major U.S. Industries", (with A. Dorantes), Journal of Labor Research, 1997.

"Religion, Culture, Economic and Sociological Correlates of Suicide Rates: A Cross-National Analysis", Applied Economics Letters, 1996.

"The Impact of Proxy Fights on Managerial Turnover: A Test of the Job Security Hypothesis"(with G. Yen), Managerial and Decision Economics, 1996.

Human Capital and Economic Development, (ed. with Sisay Asefa) The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1994.

Organized Labor at the Crossroads, (ed.) The W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1989.

"An Empirical Analysis of Foreign Student Brain Drain to the U.S.", Economics of Education Review, June, 1988.

"A Pooled Cross-Section Time-Series Study of Professional Indirect Immigration to the United States", Southern Economic Journal, July 1987.

"Labor Supply, Voluntary Work, and Charitable Contributions in a Model of Utility Maximization" (with Subhash Ray) Eastern Economic Journal, July-September 1986.  


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