Professor Fang is an applied microeconomist with broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on public economics. His research integrates rigorous modeling with careful data analysis and has focused on the economic analysis of discrimination; insurance markets, particularly life insurance and health insurance; and health care, including Medicare. In his research on discrimination, Professor Fang has designed and implemented tests to examine the role of prejudice in racial disparities in matters involving search rates during highway stops, treatments received in emergency departments, and racial differences in parole releases. 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.
Professor Fang is currently working on issues related to insurance markets, particularly the interaction between the health insurance reform and the labor market. He has served as co-editor for the Journal of Public Economics and International Economic Review, and associate editor in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review.
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. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, 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 at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, September 1995 - May 2000
- M.A. in Economics, University of Virginia, September 1994 - May 1995
- B.A. in Economics, Fudan University, September 1989 - July 1993
Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics
College of Arts and Sciences
Hanming Fang, Ami Ko (2018). Partial Rating Area Offering in the ACA Marketplaces: Facts, Theory and Evidence, Working Paper.
Xiaodong Fan, Hanming Fang, Simen Markussen, Zvi Eckstein, Susumu Imai, Michael Keane, John Kennan and Chris Taber (2017). Parental Employment, Absence and Children’s Educational Gender Gap.
Yiran Chen, Hanming Fang (2017). Inferring the Ideological Affiliations of Political Committees via Financial Contributions Networks, National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper, No. 24130.
Haoyuan Ding, Hanming Fang, Shu Lin, Kang Shi (2017). Equilibrium Consequences of Corruption on Firms: Evidence from China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign, Working Paper.
Fang, Hanming and Gong, Qing (forthcoming). Detecting Potential Overbilling in Medicare Reimbursement via Hours Worked, American Economic Review.
Fang, Hanming, Dmitry Shapiro and Arthur Zillante (2016). An Experimental Study of Alternative Campaign Finance Systems: Transparency, Donations and Policy Choices, Economic Inquiry, 54(1), 485-507.
Fang, H., and Norman, P (2014). Toward an efficiency rationale for the public provision of private goods, Economic Theory, 56(2), 375-408.
Aizawa, Naoki, and Hanming Fang (2013). Equilibrium Labor Market Search and Health Insurance Reform, NBER (Working Paper).
Fang, Hanming, and Shamena Anwar (2012). Testing for the Role of Prejudice in Emergency Departments Using Bounceback Rates, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analyis and Policy, 13(3).
Fang, Hanming, and Alessandro Gavazza (2011). Dynamic Inefficiencies in an Employment-Based Health Insurance System: Theory and Evidence, American Economic Review, 191(7), 3047-30077.
Fang, Hanming, Lauren Nicholas and Dan Silverman (2010). Cognitive Ability and Retiree Health Care Expenditure, Michigan Retirement Research Center (Working Paper).
Fang, Hanming, and Andrea Moro (2010). Theories of Statistical Discrimination and Affirmative Action: A Survey, in Vol IA. Handbook of Social Economics, Chapter 5, 133-200.