Wang-Sheng Lee
Research Fellow

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Lee Wang-Sheng Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Deakin University. Wang received his B.A. from Colby, his M.A. from Michigan and his Ph.D from Melbourne. Before moving to Australia, he was a senior analyst at Abt Associates Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland (USA) involved in analyzing the experimental welfare reform evaluations for the states of Delaware and Indiana. His research interests include program evaluation techniques, health and labour economics, happiness economics and obesity.

He has published papers in journals such as Demography, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters, Health Economics, Empirical Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Population Economics. He is the recipient of the 2012/2013 Lawrence R. Klein Award from Empirical Economics, a biannual prize awarded for the best paper published in the journal.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in August 2008 and became a Research Fellow in December 2011.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10863  Wang-Sheng Lee
Terra McKinnish
The Marital Satisfaction of Differently-Aged Couples
(forthcoming in: Journal of Population Economics, 2017)
9397  Wang-Sheng Lee
Zhong Zhao
Height, Weight and Well-Being for Rural, Urban and Migrant Workers in China
(Published in: Social Indicators Research Vol. 132(1), 117-136 [Details & Download])
8637  Wang-Sheng Lee
Is the BMI a Relic of the Past?
(revised version published as 'Body Fatness Charts Based on BMI and Waist Circumference" in: Obesity, 2016, 24 (1), 245249)
8606  Wang-Sheng Lee
Big and Tall: Is there a Height Premium or Obesity Penalty in the Labor Market?
(substantially revised version published as 'Big and Tall: Does a Height Premium Dwarf an Obesity Penalty in the Labor Market?' in: Economics and Human Biology (forthcoming))
8305  Marco Caliendo
Wang-Sheng Lee
Robert Mahlstedt
The Gender Wage Gap: Does a Gender Gap in Reservation Wages Play a Part?
(substantially revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, 136, 161-173.)
7685  Wang-Sheng Lee
Cahit Guven
Engaging in Corruption: The Influence of Cultural Values and Contagion Effects at the Micro Level
(published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2013, 39, 287-300)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
David W. Johnston
Wang-Sheng Lee
Extra Status and Extra Stress: Are Promotions Good for Us?
(published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2013, 66 (1), 32-54)
6210  Cahit Guven
Wang-Sheng Lee
Height and Cognitive Function among Older Europeans: Do People from "Tall" Countries Have Superior Cognitive Abilities?
(revised version published as 'Height, Ageing and Cognitive Abilities across Europe' in: Economics and Human Biology, [Online Version])
5970  David W. Johnston
Wang-Sheng Lee
Climbing the Job Ladder: New Evidence of Gender Inequity
(published in: Industrial Relations, 2012, 51 (1), 128 - 151)
5841  David W. Johnston
Wang-Sheng Lee
Explaining the Female Black-White Obesity Gap: A Decomposition Analysis of Proximal Causes
(published in: Demography, 2011, 48 (4), 1429-1450)
5795  Marco Caliendo
Wang-Sheng Lee
Fat Chance! Obesity and the Transition from Unemployment to Employment
(published in: Economics and Human Biology, 2013, 11 (2), 121-133)
4748  Wang-Sheng Lee
Sandy Suardi
Minimum Wages and Employment: Reconsidering the Use of a Time-Series Approach as an Evaluation Tool
(published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2011, 49, s376 - s401)
3108  Wang-Sheng Lee
Umut Oguzoglu
Well-Being and Ill-Being: A Bivariate Panel Data Analysis
2709  Wang-Sheng Lee
Umut Oguzoglu
Are Youths on Income Support Less Happy? Evidence from Australia
(published in: Australian Economic Review, 2007, 40 (4), 369-384)