Economics and Decision Sciences Chair and Professor, Research Coordinator
Lydia Gan earned her BA and MS degrees in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Ph D. degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 27 years of higher education teaching and research experience and has been with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for 8 years.
She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 James F. Hubbard Faculty Award and several research grants from UNC-Pembroke. She was also the recipient of The Teacher of the Division Award in Nanyang Business School-Nanyang Technological University in 2002.
Her research has appeared in a number of leading academic journals, including The Economics e-Journal, Review of Applied Economics, Academy of Economics and Finance Journal, Healthcare Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Vacation Marketing, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Information and Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, and Journal of Asia-Pacific Business. She alsoserves on a few editorial boards, including Open Economics and Management Journal, and Journal of Business Theory and Practice.
She is also the co-author (with Frank, Bernanke, and Chen) of The Principles of Economics (2009), Asian Edition, McGrawHill, a textbook widely used by Economics students throughout Asia -- in countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Indonesia. The textbook has also been translated into Chinese language.
Her work on medical tourism has received international acclaim. She was invited to speak on her research in this area at The Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in November of 2013. She has been consulted by various organizations including insurance companies, medical tourism facilitators, and independent research agencies. She has conducted research interviews relating to medical tourism with hospitals in a number of countries, including South Africa, Turkey, Singapore, and Malaysia, and plans to write a book based on her interviews.