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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 at Buena Vista University in Iowa. Her primary research interests are in the fields of health economics and industrial organization, with a particular focus on health, aging, caregiving, 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, Journal of Women & Aging, and Journal of Mental Health Policy and 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
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
2021 - 2022 SIP course replacement grant
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Member, China Health Policy and Management Society
2022 - Present President-elect, Minnesota Economics Association
2021 - Present Member, Chinese Economists Society
2021 - Present Member, Western Economic Association International
2017 - Present Member, American Economic Association
2020 - 2022 Member, American Society of Health Economists
2018 - 2022 Member, Midwest Economics Association
2015 - 2022 Member, Southern Economic Association
2018 - 2021 Member, International Health Economics 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, 2020 - 2021
  • Best Presentation Award, 3rd International Conference on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2021, Nov. 2021
  • Nominated for St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award, 2021- 2022
  • Research Collaborative Award from the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, St. Catherine University, 2021 - 2022
  • St. Catherine University Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award, 2022- 2023
  • Nominated for Patricia O’Connor Myser Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, 2022 - 2023


  • ECON 3250 Healthcare Economics
  • MBA 7660 Business Intelligence
  • ECON/HLTH 3994 Covid-19 Economics and Public Health Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • NURS 8536 Health Care Economics and Finance (Graduate)
  • ECON 2012/CARR 2010 Personal Financial Fitness
  • ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics


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 (11)