Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management




Health Economics and Policies


Dr. Weiwei Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at the Florida International University. Her research focuses on health insurance, health care expenditures, health services use and outcomes, and vaccine economics. She also conducts economic evaluation of health care programs and policies.

Dr. Chen’s work on insurance, health care expenditures, vaccine prices, and vaccine coverage have been published in Medical Care Research and Review, Health Economics, VaccineJournal of Adolescent Health and so on. She also serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on various evaluation/cost-effectiveness projects.

Before joining the department, Dr. Chen was a prevention effectiveness fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her doctorate in economics from the University of Memphis.


  • University of Memphis, Ph.D.
  • University of Carlos III, Madrid, MA
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology, BA, BS

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“Assessment of Screen Exposure in Young Children, 1997 to 2014,” Weiwei Chen and Jessica L. Adler. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5546

“Impact of Health Plan Deductibles and Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment on Health Care Experiences,” Weiwei Chen and Timothy F. Page. Medical Care Research and Review. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077558718810129

“Relative Reductions in Health Care Utilization Among Youth Adults Before Aging Out of Extended Dependent Care,” Weiwei Chen. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 2017. DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2466. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hpm.2466/full

“Factors Associated with the Pricing of Childhood Vaccines in the U.S. Public Sector,” Weiwei Chen, Mark Messonnier, and Fangjun Zhou. Health Economics. DOI: 10.1002/hec.3539 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hec.3539/full

“The Role of Confidence and Noncognitive Skills for Post-Baccalaureate Academic and Labor Market Outcomes,” Weiwei Chen, Wayne A. Grove, and Andrew Hussey. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 138:10-29, 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167268117300859

“Trends in Childhood Vaccine Purchase Costs in the US Public Sector: 1996-2014,” Weiwei Chen, Mark Messonnier, and Fangjun Zhou. Vaccine 34(39): 4706-4711, 2016. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X16306697

“Employment and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Children’s Up-to-Date Vaccination Status,” Weiwei Chen, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, Holy A. Hill, and David Yankey. Clinical Pediatrics 56(4): 348-356, 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27449993

“Determinants of US Prescription Drug Utilization Using County Level Data,” Thierry Nianogo, Albert Okunade, Demba Fofana, and Weiwei Chen, Health Economics 25(5): 606-619, 2016. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hec.3176/abstract

“HPV Vaccination of Females in a Large Health Claims Database in the US, 2006-2012,” Eileen Dunne, Shannon Stokley, Weiwei Chen, and Fangjun Zhou, Journal of Adolescent Health 56(4): 408-13, 2015. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X15000233?via%3Dihub

“Insurance and Non-Urgent and Primary-Care-Sensitive Emergency Department Use,” Weiwei Chen, Teresa M. Waters, and Cyril F. Chang, The American Journal of Managed Care 21(3): 210-7, 2015. http://www.ajmc.com/journals/issue/2015/2015-vol21-n3/insurance-impact-on-nonurgent-and-primary-caresensitive-emergency-department-use/p-3

“Quality-Quantity Decomposition of Income Elasticity of US Hospital Care Expenditure Using State-Level Panel Data,” Weiwei Chen, Albert Okunade, and Gregory G. Lubiani, Health Economics 23: 1340-1352, 2014. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hec.2986/abstract

“The Payoff to School Selectivity: An Application of Dale and Krueger’s Method to MBA Programs,” Weiwei Chen, Wayne A. Grove, and Andrew Hussey, Economics Letters 116(2): 247-249, August 2012. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016517651200095X