Emma Zang’s research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. Her work aims to improve the understanding of 1) how early-life conditions affect later-life health outcomes; 2) social stratification and health; 3) spillover effects within the household exploiting policy changes.
She is also a quantitative methodologist, specializing in Bayesian approaches to modeling group-based trajectories and to making multi-state life tables using high-dimensional survey data, as well as evaluations of Age-Period-Cohort (APC) models. Her research has been reported by major media outlets in the United States and in China, such as CNN, NBC, Bloomberg News, the Boston Globe, The Economist, and ThePaper.cn. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2019 and MA in Economics in 2017, both from Duke University.