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Mount Union Professor Publishes Textbook

October 13, 2009

Dr. Xiaoshu “Catherine” Han, assistant professor of economics, accounting and business administration at Mount Union, recently had her dissertation about healthcare theory, evidence and policy implications published into a textbook entitled Dynamics of Health and Employment.

Han completed her dissertation while earning a doctoral degree in economics at the UniversityDr. Xiaoshu "Catherine" Han of Texas at Austin during the spring of 2007.

VDM Publishing found her paper on a research database and contacted her directly during the early summer of 2009 to see if she was interested in having it published.

“I think they were interested because of the current popular issue of health care reform,” said Han. “I was excited. This is the right moment for the book to be published.”

Her textbook states that 85 percent of the 45 million uninsured in the United States are in working families. As a result, mandatory employer-provided health insurance has been one of the hotly debated policies in order to reduce the portion of the uninsured. However, whether this mandate is economically justified remains an open question. Han’s textbook tries to shed some light on this problem.

Han has been teaching at Mount Union for the last three years and incorporates some of her ideas from her dissertation into classroom discussion.

“The theoretical model that I discuss in my dissertation is more suitable for graduate courses,” said Han.

She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and international business from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a master of arts degree in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union, she was a strategy analyst and interpreter for Holding Corporation in Tianjin and taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

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