Haobing Qian

A portrait of Haobing Qian of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Department: Health Management and Policy

Year of intended graduation: 2021

Hometown: Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Focal Area:  Health Economics

Research interests: My research interest focuses on examining the socioeconomic, behavioral and policy determinants of health. I am especially interested in identifying the causal impacts of economic and health policies on maternal and child health, using econometric analysis.

Current activities: I am currently finalizing my independent research project on examining the effect of state-level Earned Income tax Credit (EITC) on women’s health. I utilized data from Behavioral Risk Surveillance System (BRFSS) with a Difference-in-Difference design, focusing on low educated single women. The preliminary findings show the state EITC is associated with improved physical health, mental health and lower BMI among women with children, compared to childless women. I have conducted several specification tests by race/ethnicity, age groups and education levels to examine the heterogeneity in treatment effects across demographic groups. I also applied sampling weights for sensitivity analysis and robustness checks.