Kai Hong is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. His research focuses on applied microeconomics and applied microeconometrics, with a concentration on education, health and human development. His interests also include the causal inference of public policy.
Dr. Hong’s current research examines the mechanisms linking socioemotional skills, college education and longevity. Additionally Dr. Hong's current research examines the causal effect of various educational inputs and practices, including capital investment, grade configuration and selective exam school.
Dr. Hong received his Ph.D in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s in Economics from Tilburg University, Netherlands, as well as a Master’s in Systems Theory from Beijing Normal University, China.
This course provides the core microeconomic theories and concepts needed to understand health and health care issues in both the developed and developing world. It describes how the markets for health and health services are different from other goods, with a particular emphasis on the role of government and market failure. In addition it discusses the theoretical and empirical aspects of key health economics issues, including the demand for health and health services, supply side concerns, health insurance, the provision of public goods, and related topics. The course encourages students to fundamentally and rigorously examine the role of the market for the provision of health and health services and how public policy can influence these markets.