Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics and health and financial decision making. She is the founder of Research for Impact, a research enterprise based in Singapore working to make behavioural and social science research accessible, inclusive and transformative for all.
Yoong also holds concurrent appointments at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research, the Center for Behavioral and Implementation Science at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Civil Service College of Singapore and the RAND Corporation.
She is an award-winning trainer in behaviourally-informed design and evaluation for policy and practice, and author of over eighty peer-reviewed articles in leading economics, medical and public health journals. Yoong serves in various national and international policy and industry advisory capacities, and has previously held leadership positions as the Director of USC’s Center for Economic and Social Research in Washington DC, Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Hospital System, Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012 and founding co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association. Yoong is also a member of the founding and organising committee for the first Asian Workshop for Health Economics and Econometrics and is the president-elect of the Singapore chapter of ISPOR – the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research.
Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow after an early career in financial services, and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.