Muzhe Yang is the MacFarlane professor of economics in the College of Business at Lehigh University. His research focuses on identifying factors that contribute to adverse outcomes among vulnerable populations, such as infants and pregnant women. His empirical studies examine various environmental factors affecting maternal and infant health, including power plant emissions, pollution (air, noise, light, and water), as well as factors like long commutes and working during pregnancy.
His research extends to investigating causal relationships that carry significant policy implications. Subjects of his empirical studies include peer effects in physicians’ prescription behaviors regarding new drugs, the impact of publicly reported provider quality information on the CABG market, effects of exposure to food advertising on purchasing behaviors, the roles of nationality and ethnicity in shaping international and inter-regional trade, the effects of signaling behaviors on college admissions, the effects of paid maternity leave on breastfeeding practices, and the mental health implications of the constitutional right to abortion.
Muzhe Yang’s research has been mentioned in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. For more detailed information, please refer to the selected media mentions section in his CV.