Senior Research Fellow
Ha Nguyen joined the Telethon Kids Institute as a Senior Research Fellow in 2018. He received his PhD in economics from the Australian National University and has previously held academic and teaching appointments at the Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Curtin University. He has published widely in both academic and policy outlets, with articles appearing in high-ranking economics journals, including Journal of International Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Labour Economics, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Studies and the Economic Record. The results of his research have been featured in numerous national and international media outlets. Ha has been awarded The Pacific Trade and Development Fellowship, one of the most distinguished fellowships available to young researchers in the field of trade and development. He also received the Curtin Faculty of Business and Law’s 2017 Article of the Year Award and Curtin Business School’s 2015 Article of the Year Award. He has collaborated on a number of research projects funded through grants awarded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Federal Department of Health.
His general research interests have focused on applied econometrics, particularly in the fields of health economics and labour economics. His particular research interests and expertise cover a broad range of topics, including economic and social policy evaluation, intergenerational transmission in health and human capital, child development, mental health and wellbeing, the economics of informal care, health insurance, health care use, employment and labour market participation, population ageing, and the impact of macroeconomics (including exchange rates) and climate changes on individual behaviours.
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Gender differences in time allocation contribute to differences in developmental outcomes in children and adolescents
Using over 50 thousand time-use diaries from two cohorts of children, we document significant gender differences in time allocation in the first 16 years in life. Relative to males, females spend more time on personal care, chores and educational activities and less time on physical and media related activities. These gender gaps in time allocation appear at very young ages and widen overtime.Published research Child Health, Development & Education Early Childhood Development Human CapabilityJune 2022
Causal Impact of Physical Activity on Child Health and Development
The relationship between physical activity and child health and development is well-documented, yet the extant literature provides limited causal insight into the amount of physical activity considered optimal for improving any given health or developmental outcome.Published research Early Childhood Development Human Capability Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Child Physical Activity, Health and DevelopmentFebruary 2021
Who's declining the "free lunch"? New evidence from the uptake of public child dental benefits
This study provides the first evidence on the determinants of uptake of two recent public dental benefit programs for Australian children and adolescents from disadvantaged families. Using longitudinal data from a nationally representative survey linked to administrative data with accurate information on eligibility and uptake, we find that only a third of all eligible families actually claim their benefits.Published research Academic Biostatistics Human CapabilityJuly 2021
The impact of weather on time allocation to physical activity and sleep of child-parent dyads - Life Course Centre Working Paper Series 2021
This study explores the differential impact of weather on time allocation to physical activity and sleep by children and their parents. We use nationally representative data with time use indicators objectively measured on multiple occasions for more than 1,100 child-parent pairs, coupled with daily meteorological data.Published research Human Capability Child Physical Activity, Health and DevelopmentApril 2021
Weather and children's time allocation
This paper presents the first causal estimates of the effect of weather on children's time allocation. It exploits exogenous variations in local weather observed during the random diary dates of two nationally representative cohorts of Australian children whose time-use diaries were surveyed biennially over 10 years.Published research Early Childhood Development Human CapabilityMarch 2020
Macroeconomic Fluctuations in Home Countries and Immigrants’ Well-Being: New Evidence from Down Under
Our findings suggest that immigrants in Australia have emotional or altruistic connections to their home countriesPublished research Human CapabilitySeptember 2018
The Gender Wage Gap in the Vietnamese Transition, 1993–2008
This essay examines wages and the gender wage gap between 1993 and 2008 in VietnamPublished research Human Capability
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