Maoyong received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 2009 and joined Ball State in the same year. His research interests include environmental economics, health economics and policy, labor economics and development economics.
Maoyong’s research in environmental economics focuses on both short- and long-term causal relationship between pollution and health. Examples of research projects include: the effect of air pollution on mortality: evidence from 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and growth, pollution, and life expectancy: China from 1991-2012.
Maoyong's research in health economics focuses on the economics of obesity. Examples of research projects include: the effect of food stamp program participation on obesity of low-income women; the impact of neighborhood parks/playgrounds on childhood obesity, and supplemental nutrition assistance program and childhood obesity in the U.S.: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997.
Maoyong’s research in labor economics focuses on agricultural labor market and illegal immigration. Examples of research projects include: effects of the great recession on the U.S. agricultural labor market and why do fewer agricultural workers migrate now?
Maoyong’s research in development economics focuses on China’s economic development. Examples of research projects include: the return to cadre status in rural China and the adverse and selection effects of China’s Great Leap Forward Famine.
Maoyong’s research has been published in prestigious academic journals, including American Economic Review, American Journal of Health Economics; International Journal of Industrial Organization; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics.