Center on the Family Faculty Profiles
Hua Zan
Assistant Researcher
Krauss Hall, Room 18
(808) 956-9419


Hua Zan is an Assistant Researcher (tenure-track) in Family Economics at Center on the Family. She conducts applied research related to health, family economic well-being, and family/consumer policy. One line of her work is about behavioral aspects of health. She studies how individual characteristics and environmental influences (e.g., market information) affect health behaviors. In the other line of work, she studies the economic well-being of different populations and factors (e.g., children’s health, caregiving, economic downturn) that are associated with family economic well-being.


  • Ph.D. in Family Resource Management, The Ohio State University

Areas of Interest

  • Aging
  • Health
  • Health behavior
  • Family economic well-being
  • Family/consumer policy


HDFS 360 Family Resource Management

HDFS 454 Family Public Policy

Recent Publications

  • Fan, J.X., & Zan, H. (2017). The “model minority” myth: Asian American middle class before, during, and after the Great Recession. Singapore Economic Review, 1-17. DOI: 10.1142/S0217590817430044
  • Zan, H., & Scharff, R.L. (2017). The effects of children’s health on mothers’ employment. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10834-017-9552-5
  • Zan, H., Lambea, M., McDowell, J., & Scharff, R. L. (2017). An economic evaluation of food safety education interventions: Estimates and critical data gaps. Journal of Food Protection, 80(8), 1355-1363. DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-510
  • Zan, H., & Fan, J.X. (2017). Reporting more but moving less? The complex relationship between physical activity and acculturation among U.S. adults. American Journal of Health Promotion. First published online: June 29, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/0890117117716415
  • Zan, H., & Scharff, R.L. (2017). Regional differences in the value of statistical life. Journal of Consumer Policy, 40(2), 157-176. DOI:10.1007/s10603-017-9347-y
  • Zan, H., & Scharff, R.L. 2015. The heterogeneity in financial and time burden of caregiving to children with chronic conditions. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(3): 615-625. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-014-1547-3.
  • Zan, H., & Fan, J. X. (2010). Cohort effects of household expenditures on food away from home. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 44 (Spring): 213-233. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6606.2010.01163.x 


  • Applied Consumer Economics Award, American Council on Consumer Interests, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

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