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About Lanlan (Lacey) Chu, PhD

Lacey Chu completed her Ph.D. in Economics at Texas Tech University in 2017. She joined St. Catherine University in Fall 2020 after working as an assistant professor of economics at Buena Vista University in Iowa. Her primary fields of interest are health economics and industrial organization, focusing on health, aging, care, and gender. Current research projects include cross-national comparison in prevalence and predictors of healthy aging, impacts of informal care on caregivers and recipients, and gender disparities in health and well-being. Her work has been published in journals such as Social Science & MedicineJournal of Aging and Health, and Energy Economics.


August 2020 - Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Economics and Political Science Department

Curriculum Vitae



2022 - Present Does parent-child intergenerational support affect older adults’ subjective well-being? A cross-national comparison of older American and Korean adults
St. Catherine University
Academic Excellence Grant
2021 - Present SIP course replacement grant
St. Catherine University
2020 - Present Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP)
St. Catherine University
2021 - 2022 Gender disparities in healthy aging in South Korea compared with the United States
GHR Graduate Traineeship, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Member, China Health Policy and Management Society
2021 - Present Member, Chinese Economists Society
2020 - Present Member, American Society of Health Economists
2018 - Present Member, International Health Economics Association
2018 - Present Member, Midwest Economics Association
2017 - Present Member, American Economic Association
2015 - Present Member, Southern Economic Association
2019 - 2020 Member, International Association for Feminist Economics
2017 - 2018 Member, Missouri Valley Economic Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Nominated for St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award, 2021
  • New Century Research Award for Buena Vista University, 2020
  • Personal Level Faculty Development Grant, Buena Vista University, 2018 & 2019
  • First-year New Faculty Award, Buena Vista University, 2017-2018
  • Gamma Beta Phi Society, inducted 2017
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, inducted 2017
  • Teaching Assistantship, Texas Tech University, 2011-2016
  • Research Travel Awards provided by the Graduate School, Texas Tech University, 2015
  • TEACH Campus-wide Teaching Fellowship for Doctoral Students, Texas Tech University, 2014-2015
  • University Fellowship, Nankai University, 2007-2009
  • Lyonnais Outstanding Student Scholarship, Nankai University, 2008
  • Best Thesis Award, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 2007
  • Outstanding Student Scholarship, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 2006
  • University Fellowship, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 2003-2007
  • Best Presentation Award, 3rd International Conference on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2021, Nov. 2021
  • GHR Foundation Academic Excellence Faculty Conference Award, St. Catherine University, Oct. 19, 2021
  • GHR Foundation Academic Excellence Faculty Conference Award, St. Catherine University, Oct. 4, 2021


  • Covid-19 Economics and Public Health Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Health Care Economics and Finance (Graduate)
  • Personal Financial Fitness
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Healthcare Economics


2011 - 2017 PhD, Texas Tech University ‐ Economics
2009 - 2011 MA, Nankai University, China ‐ Insurance
2003 - 2007 BA, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications ‐ Electronic Commerce

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6300


Research Works (6)

Presentations (5)