Hua Zan
Associate Researcher

Krauss Hall, Room 18

(808) 956-9419


Hua Zan is an Associate Researcher in Family Economics at Center on the Family. She conducts applied quantitative research related to health, family economic well-being, and family/consumer policy. She analyzes large datasets and studies how individual and family characteristics and environmental influences (e.g., market information, economic and policy environment) are associated with health and family economic outcomes. She also uses data and research evidence to inform policy and practice on health and economic issues concerning Hawaiis families.


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


2018 Richard L. D. Morse Applied Consumer Economics Professional Paper Award, American Council on Consumer Interests

2014 Applied Consumer Economics Award, American Council on Consumer Interests

Areas of Expertise

Health, health behavior, family economic well-being, family/consumer policy, aging, caregiving, program evaluation

  • HDFS 360 Family Resource Management
  • HDFS 454 Family Public Policy

Current Projects

Recent Publications
  • Zan, H., Fan, J. X., & Lozada, B. (2023). The economic disparity between Hispanic and non- Hispanic White households: An analysis of middle-class achievement. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 00, 1–15. DOI: 10.1111/ajes.12521
  • Zan, H., & Shin, S.H. (2022). The positive impact of informal spousal caregiving on the physical activity of older adults. Frontiers in Public Health, 10. DOI:10.3389/fpubh.2022.977846
  • Hawai‘i Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Risk System Evaluation (2022)
  • Hawai‘i Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Risk System Evaluation Technical Report (2022)
  • The economic well-being of Hawaiis older adults and their families.
  • Fan, J.X., & Zan, H. (2019). The decline of the American middle class: Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys 1988-2015. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-13, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-019-09651-1
  • Lillard, D., Molloy, E., & Zan, H. (2018). Television and magazine alcohol advertising: Exposure, targeting, and trends. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(6):881-892. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2018.79.881
  • Zan, H., & Scharff, R.L. (2018). The effects of children’s health on mothers’ employment. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 39(2), 297-309. 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., & 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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