A 2003 alumna of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Yang Wang received her doctorate degree in economics from Duke University. Wang joined the La Follette School faculty in fall 2016 after seven years in the Department of Economics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Her primary research interests are in applied microeconomics, health economics, and applied econometrics.
Wang’s research has been published in several high-profile publications, including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the International Economic Review, and Health Economics. In addition, she is the co-author of a chapter on The Double Burden of Malnutrition in The Oxford Handbook of Economics and Human Biology (2016). Wang is a faculty affiliate of UW-Madison's Center for Demography of Health and Aging.