Winnie Fung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics
On Faculty since 2010

Office: Memorial Student Center 313
Phone: (630)752-7100
Fax: (630)752-7037


Ph.D. Business Economics, Harvard University

M.A. Business Economics, Harvard University

M.A. Biblical Studies, Wheaton College 

B.A. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

About Winnie Fung

Dr Fung's research interests lie in health, development, and applied microeconomics, with a particular focus on maternal and infant health, early childhood exposure to shocks, and nutrition. Dr Fung is interested in whether and to what extent improvements in health and in the disease environment can have a causal impact on one's economic well-being. Dr Fung has published research on the long-term health and economic effects of malaria eradication in India and famine in China. She is currently studying the short and long-term effects of antenatal testing laws in the U.S., as well as the welfare effects of crop marketing institutions in Zambia.

Dr. Fung attends Chinese Christian Union Church in Chicago Chinatown. She enjoys traveling and has been on short-term trips to China, Philippines, North Africa, England, Sweden, Israel-Palestine, and India working with high-school and university students, restaurant workers, and urban slum communities.

Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

Research Interests

Health, development, and applied microeconomics


Cutler, D., Fung, W., Kremer, M., Singhal, M., and Vogl, T. 2010. "Early-Life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol. 2, no. 2, p.72-94.

Fung, W. and Ha, W. 2010. "Intergenerational Effects of the 1959-61 China Famine." In Fuentes-Nieva and Seck (eds.), Risks, Shocks, and Human Development: On the Brink, Palgrave Macmillan, p.222-254.

Desai, M., Dharmapala, D., and Fung, W. 2007. "Taxation and the Evolution of Aggregate Corporate Ownership Concentration." In Auerbach, Hines, and Slemrod (eds.), Taxing Corporate Income in the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, p.345-399.

Conference Presentations

2015: Economics of Global Poverty International Conference, Gordon College, MA; Ensure Justice Conference, Vanguard University, CA

2014: Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

2013: Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference, Harvard University, MA; Economics of Global Poverty Seminar, Calvin College, MI

2012: Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA; Economics of Global Poverty Seminar, Calvin College, MI; American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

2011: Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.; Fetal Origins, Early Childhood Exposure, and Famine Conference, Princeton University, NJ; American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

2010: Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA; American Society of Health Economists Conference, Cornell University, NY

2009: International Conference on Modern World Famines, University of Melbourne; Hewlett/Population Reference Bureau Research Conference on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development, University College Dublin

2008: Chinese Economists Society North American Conference, University of Regina

2007: Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference, London Business School

Grants and Awards

  • Wheaton College Faculty Development Grant, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Wheaton College Aldeen Grant, 2012, 2011
  • Christian Scholars Foundation (CSF) - Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Grant, 2011
  • Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Chinese Economists Society (CES) North American Conference Best Student Paper Award, 2008
  • Mustard Seed Foundation Harvey Fellowship, 2006-2009
  • Harvard University GIC Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics, 2006
  • Harvard Business School Wyss Doctoral Fellowship, 2004-2009

Professional Services

Referee: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Biodemography and Social Biology, Demography, Eastern Economic Journal, Economics and Human Biology, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Population Studies, Review of Regional Studies

Consulting: Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Program

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
  • Association of Christian Economists (ACE)
  • Chinese Economic Association in North America (CEANA)
  • Chinese Economist Society (CES)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
  • Population Association of America (PAA)
  • Southern Economic Association (SEA)

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