Lydia Gan, Ph.D.
(University of Texas)
Office: Business Administration, Room 143
Dr. Lydia Gan is currently a Professor of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Decision Sciences, School of Business, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, from 1998-2007 and Assistant Research Fellow at Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research in Taipei, Taiwan, from 1986-1988. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas in 1997, and earned both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her current research interests in medical tourism include the four modes of medical tourism, focusing on estimating its demand and cost comparisons across countries and regions, and consumers’ motivation and impediments to medical tourism. She is also interested in the industrial organizational aspects and strategic partnership of key market players such as medical tourism facilitators, U.S. and foreign healthcare providers, and U.S. employers and insurance companies. Her other research interests are in profiling of consumer behavior, Internet pricing behavior, and issues relating to intellectual property rights. Her research has been published in international journals such as Economics e-Journal, Journal of Services Marketing, Information and Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, The Open Management Journal, Journal of Targeting, Measurement and Analysis for Marketing, Economic Outlook, Asian Economic Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business, and Asia Pacific Business Review.
She won the Best Teacher of the Division Award from the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in 2002, and has taught graduate courses in Managerial Economics, Foundation of Analytical Methods, and undergraduate courses in Industrial Organization, Health Economics, Internet Economics, Mathematical Economics, Development Economics, and the Principles of Economics. She was recognized for her achievements and was included in Who’s Who in the World in 2009, Who’s Who in America in 2010, as well as in Who’s Who in Social Sciences Higher Education in 2006. She is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Economic Society of Singapore, and the Association of Christian Economists.