Dr Anwen Zhang

  • Lecturer in Economics (Economics)


Anwen Zhang is an applied microeconomist and currently Lecturer in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School. His research focuses on policy-relevant issues related to health and education. His more recent work tries to understand what matters for mental health.

Prior to joining University of Glasgow in June 2019, he held research positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Cambridge. He received his degrees from Lancaster University (PhD Economics), University College London (MSc Economics), and Jilin University (BSc Economics and BSc Management, concurrently).

Research interests

Anwen is a member of the Applied Economics research cluster.

Research Areas

  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Program Evaluation
  • Applied Microeconomics

Research Topics

Anwen is primarily interested in studying policy-relevant issues related to health and education. His research seeks to understand the determinants of health and education outcomes, and the effects of health and education policies on these outcomes, by applying quasi-experimental methods to large-scale observational data. His current work focuses on the following inter-related topics:

(i) Mental health: how various factors such as religion, migration, and peers affect mental health, and the role of policy in shaping mental health outcomes;

(ii) Schools: the school inputs and outputs in education and health production, and the roles of various social elements in these processes;

(iii) Health policy: the effectiveness of health policies, the health and healthcare for different demographic groups.


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  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, Principal Investigator (with Zhongliang Deng), 07.2020--06.2022
  • Travel support fund, CINCH, University of Duisburg-Essen, 2019
  • Travel Fellowship, China Health Policy and Management Society, 2019


Anwen is interested in advising PhD students in the areas of health economics and education economics, topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Determinants and consequences of health
  • Program evaluation of health/education interventions
  • Economics of ageing
  • Health care markets
  • Schooling quality and educational production
  • Health/education financing

Current Students

  • Zhen Long (2020--present), co-supervision with Tanya Wilson and Michele Battisti





  • Research methods & dissertation training [moodle]

Office hours

  • Semester 2: Thursday 2-3pm


  • 235F Main Building (map)