Dr Chan, William 陳明智
William Chan received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1991, working under Edward Lazear. He has been visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before joining the School in 1996. His research interest is in labour economics and applied price theory. As a late convert to economics, William is particularly attracted by the ability of the economic theory to offer insights into apparently non-economic issues. One of his recent projects, in collaboration with J. Zhang, studies the relationship between marital transfers and the welfare of women. It is observed that both bride price and dowry change hands in a marriage, which suggests that they serve different functions. Retaining Becker's Interpretation for the bride price, William conjectured that a dowry should more appropriately be understood as a transfer from parents to daughters. Control over financial resources would enhance the wife's position relative to the husband in the newly formed household, thereby safeguarding her welfare. Data from Taiwan have been found to be consistent with this hypothesis.
In his spare time William likes music, from celestial Gregorian Chant to low-brow Canto pop, hard rock excepting. He is developing a penchant for collecting LP records. William is a fan of the aging but still raging Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Bears when they are not hibernating, the Chicago Cubs even when they are (always) losing, the incomparable Chicago Symphony and the late Sir Georg, Chicago deep-pan pizza -- in short, almost anything from the Windy City, the intellectual capital of the western world by virtue of the University on the South Side.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2006-12-01||Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2005/6||Teaching Accomplishment|
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