Joanne K. Yoong

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; B.A. in economics, Princeton University

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Joanne Yoong is an economist at the RAND Corporation, where her research is focused on individual decisionmaking with an emphasis on finance, health, and economic development; she is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her previous research in applied microeconomics was largely based in India and included studies of the impact of hospital financing on doctors' delivery of child-health services (in Madhya Pradesh) and the design of microcredit loan contracts to support better long-term investments in health (in Orissa State, joint with Aprajit Mahajan and Alessandro Tarozzi).

She was also a credit derivatives research analyst in the Fixed Income, Commodities and Currencies Division of Goldman Sachs in New York and London. As an adjunct staff member at RAND in 2007, her work investigated the use of American Life Panel survey to address issues related to financial literacy and asset market participation in older adults.

Yoong received her A.B. in economics and applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, where she was an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow.