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Yuanyuan Gu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Health Economy at Macquarie University (MUCHE).

Yuanyuan completed his bachelor degree in statistics at Fudan University, and his Mcom (Hons) and PhD in economics at the University of New South Wales. His research is in the broad area of health economics, economics of ageing, choice modelling and econometrics, with a particular interest in preferences, choice, behaviour and performance in the health system. He is an editorial board member of Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy and a founding member of the Chinese health preference research network. 

Yuanyuan has won a number of competitive research grants, fellowships and contracts - over AU$2 million dollars since he joined Macquarie University. In 2017, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (joint with Professor Andrew Jones at University of York) by the European Commission. The Fellowship is Europe’s most competitive and prestigious award, aimed to support the best, most promising scientists. He is a chief investigator in a project funded by the NSW Treasury and the Ministry of Health on developing an outcomes based funding model framework for the Australian public hospital system. He is also a chief investigator in a project funded by Central Coast Local Health District to undertake a process and economic evaluation of an outcomes based funding model for the delivery of integrated care.

Yuanyuan has taught a number of economics and econometrics subjects, with substantial experience in novel teaching techniques such as using videos and interactive online platforms. At Macquarie University, he is one of the key designers and lecturers of the health economics module, a core subject for the recently launched Master of Public Health program.

Before joining MUCHE in 2016, Yuanyuan was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. In collaboration with an international research team, he investigated social and decision maker preferences for priority setting in health care resource allocation by using qualitative and quantitative methods such as systematic review, focus group, Q Methodology, and Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE). Prior to this, he held an NHMRC capacity building fellowship at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney where he developed the methodology to estimate health state utility values using DCEs as well as the G-MNL Stata module which is now widely used for choice modelling studies around the world. Before academia, he worked as a consultant assistant at Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai.

External positions

Research Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group, University of York

2018 → …

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Experienced Fellow, University of York


Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University


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Projects 2016 2021

Research Outputs 2009 2019

  • 13 Article
  • 3 Commissioned report
  • 1 Meeting abstract
  • 1 Review article

Chinese patients’ preference for pharmaceutical treatments of osteoporosis: a discrete choice experiment

Si, L., Tu, L., Xie, Y., Palmer, A., Gu, Y., Zheng, X., Li, J., Lv, Q., Qi, J., Lin, Z., Chen, M., Gu, J. & Hiligsmann, M., Dec 2019, In : Archives of Osteoporosis. 14, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 85.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient Preference
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Subcutaneous Injections

Economic evaluations of childhood hearing loss screening programmes: A systematic review and critique

Sharma, R., Gu, Y., Ching, T. Y. C., Marnane, V. & Parkinson, B., Jun 2019, In : Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 17, 3, p. 331-357 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hearing Loss
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Quality-Adjusted Life Years
Language Development Disorders

Mapping the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire onto the Child Health Utility 9D in a large study of children

Sharma, R., Gu, Y., Sinha, K., Aghdaee, M. & Parkinson, B., Sep 2019, In : Quality of Life Research. 28, 9, p. 2429-2441 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Statistical Factor Analysis
Adolescent Health Services
Mental Health Services
Nonparametric Statistics
Cost-Benefit Analysis

The silver tsunami: an enquiry into the financial needs, preferences and behaviours of retirees

Chambers, B., Walker, R., Feng, J. & Gu, Y., 22 Dec 2019, In : Accounting and Finance. 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Retirement income
Retirement saving

The use and usefulness of outcomes based funding for hospitals

Cutler, H., Olin, E., Epp, J. & Gu, Y., Jun 2019, North Ryde: Macquarie University, Centre for the Health Economy. 45 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

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