Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics and health and financial decision making for the well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Yoong’s primary appointment is as Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the offices of the USC Center for Economic and Social Research in Singapore and Washington DC, and is a principal member of the USC Behavioral Economics Studio.
Based in Singapore, Dr Yoong also holds faculty appointments at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,Singapore Management University and the RAND Corporation. She is the author of over seventy peer-reviewed articles in leading economics, medical and public health journals.
Dr Yoong serves in various national and international policy and industry advisory capacities, and has previously held positions as the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Hospital System, Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012 and founding co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association. Dr Yoong is also a member of the founding and organizing committee for the first Asian Workshop for Health Economics and Econometrics.
In addition to her academic work, Dr Yoong is the founder of Research for Impact, a Singapore-based social enterprise working to make behavioral and social science research accessible, inclusive and transformative for all.
Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow after an early career in financial services, and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.