Winnie Fung, Ph.D.

Business and Economics Department

Assistant Professor of Economics
On Faculty since 2010

Phone: (630)752-7100
Fax: (630)752-7037


Ph.D. Business Economics, Harvard University

M.A. Business Economics, Harvard University

B.A. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

M.A. Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, in progress

About Winnie Fung

Dr. Fung studies the causal links between health and economic development, especially in developing countries. She studies the long-term health and economic effects of infectious and chronic diseases and seeks to understand their impacts at both the individual and country level. She is also interested in the economic implications of the epidemiological and nutrition transition in developing countries. She hopes that her work will help inform public health debates and contribute to the design of appropriate policies and programs to improve the health and economic conditions of people. Dr. Fung attends Chinese Christian Union Church. She has been on short-term missions trips to China, Philippines, North Africa, England, Sweden, and the West Bank, working with high-school and university students, restaurant workers, and urban slum communities.

Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

Research Interests

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 wellbeing.


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

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, 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)
  • Southern Economic Association (SEA)

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