Dr Terence Cheng

Research Fellow

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
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Phone: +61 3 8344 2124
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Email: techeng@unimelb.edu.au

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Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Level 5, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, 111 Barry Street, The University of Melbourne


Terence Cheng is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne. A health economist by training, Terence's research interests are in the fields of Applied Econometrics and Applied Microeconomics (Health and Labour). At the institute, Terence is developing a program of research on the Economics of Mixed Public and Private Health Systems. His current research activities are in the areas of the economics of demand for health care and insurance, and the economics of physician labour markets.

Terence has a keen interest in the application of advanced econometric techniques to address research questions with a strong public policy focus. He is currently working on issues related to health care financing and cost, doctors labour supply, and health system performance. His research has been featured in the media such as the ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation and The Australian Doctor.

Terence is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics and the MABEL Australian Longitudinal Survey of Doctors Study (mabel.org.au). He is also an affiliate of the Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) at the University of York. He received his B.Soc.Sci and M.Soc.Sci from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Ph.D from the Australian National University.

Research Interests

Applied Econometrics; Microeconometrics Analysis using Simulations; Applied Microeconomics: Health and Labour

Current Projects

Health care and health insurance in mixed systems
Labour supply, earnings and productivity of physicians
Econometric analysis of panel data and attrition; Count data analysis

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Selected Published & Working Papers

TC Cheng, 2014. “Measuring the Effects of Removing Subsidies for Private Insurance on Public Expenditure for Health Care” Journal of Health Economics 33, 159-179.

TC Cheng, A Palangkaraya, J Yong, 2013. “Hospital Utilisation in a Mixed Public-Private System” Applied Economics 46(8), 859–870.

TC Cheng, A Scott, C Joyce, 2013. “An Empirical Analysis of Public and Private Practice by Medical Specialists in Australia. Health Policy 111(1) , 43-51.

TC Cheng, A Scott, SH Jeon, G Kalb, J Humphreys, C Joyce, 2012. “What Factors Influence the Earnings of General Practitioners and Medical Specialists in Australia? Evidence from the MABEL Survey” Health Economics 21(11), 1300-1317.

TC Cheng, N Powdthavee, A Oswald, 2014. “Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nadir in Human Well-Being: Results from Four Data Sets”. IZA Discussion Paper 7942.

TC Cheng, P Trivedi, 2014. “Attrition Bias in Panel Data: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing? A Case Study Based on the MABEL Survey” Health, Econometrics and Data Group Working Paper 14/04.

TC Cheng, G Kalb and A Scott, 2013. “Public, Private or Both? Analysing Factors Influencing the Labour Supply of Medical Specialists”. Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series 40/13.

S Schurer, D Kuehnle, A Scott, and TC Cheng, 2012. “One Man’s Blessing, Another Woman’s Curse: Do Family Factors Explain the Gender-Earnings Gap of Doctors.” IZA Discussion Paper 7012.

Government Reports & Other Publications

“Medical Career Path Decision Making: A Rapid Review” (with A Scott, C Joyce, W Wang) Sax Institute. August 2013.

“Patterns and Determinants of Medical and Nursing Workforce Exits” (with A Scott, P Sivey) National Health Workforce Planning and Research Collaboration, December 2011.

“Data Survey: Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL)”. Australian Economic Review, 44(1), 102-112, 2011. (with Yan et al.)

“MABEL User Manual (with Yan, Kuehnle et al.). 2010, 2011, 2012.

“Workload Measures for Allied Health Workforce” (with A Scott), National Health Workforce Taskforce, Melbourne Australia, May 2010.