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, 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 Microeconomics research cluster.

He 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.


Anwen is happy to advise PhD students interested in the areas of health economics and economics of education.



  • Econometrics 1 (tutorials)
  • Econometrics 2 (tutorials)
  • Workshop skills


  • Research methods & dissertation training


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