Andrew Francis-Tan

National University of Singapore

Andrew Francis-Tan is a visiting associate professor at the LKY School of Public Policy. Previously, he was an associate professor of economics at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago. Professor Francis-Tan engages in quantitative research in the fields of education, labor, and demography. His current research aims to understand patterns of inequality, public policies intended to empower vulnerable populations, and factors that shape seemingly-immutable social categories like race/ethnicity and gender.



Francis-Tan, Andrew and Zheng Mu. 2019. "Racial Revolution: Understanding the Resurgence of Ethnic Minority Identity in Modern China." Population Research and Policy Review, forthcoming. (View-only link from publisher)

Francis-Tan, Andrew and Maria Tannuri-Pianto. 2018. "Black Movement: Using discontinuities in admissions to study the effects of college quality and affirmative action." Journal of Development Economics, 135: 97-116.

Francis-Tan, Andrew, Cheryl Tan, and Ruhan Zhang. 2018. "School spirit: exploring the long-term effects of the U.S. temperance movement on educational attainment." Economics of Education Review, 62: 162-169.

Francis-Tan, Andrew. 2016. "Light and shadows: An analysis of racial differences between siblings in Brazil." Social Science Research, 58: 254-265.

Francis-Tan, Andrew and Maria Tannuri-Pianto. 2015. "Inside the black box: affirmative action and the social construction of race in Brazil." Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(15): 2771-2790.

Francis-Tan, Andrew and Hugo M. Mialon. 2015. "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration." Economic Inquiry, 53(4): 1919–1930. (As of 2019, 8th most downloaded working paper on SSRN out of 800,000+ papers.)

Francis, Andrew M. and Maria Tannuri-Pianto. 2013. "Endogenous Race in Brazil: Affirmative Action and the Construction of Racial Identity among Young Adults." Economic Development and Cultural Change, 61(4): 731-753.

Francis, Andrew M. 2013. "The Wages of Sin: How the Discovery of Penicillin Reshaped Modern Sexuality." Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(1): 5-13.

Francis, Andrew M., Hugo M. Mialon, and Handie Peng. 2012. "In Sickness and in Health: Same-Sex Marriage Laws and Sexually Transmitted Infections." Social Science & Medicine, 75(8): 1329-1341.

Francis, Andrew M. and Maria Tannuri-Pianto. 2012. "Using Brazil’s Racial Continuum to Examine the Short-Term Effects of Affirmative Action in Higher Education." Journal of Human Resources, 47(3): 754-784.

Francis, Andrew M. and Maria Tannuri-Pianto. 2012. "The Redistributive Equity of Affirmative Action: Exploring the Role of Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Gender in College Admissions." Economics of Education Review, 31(1): 45-55.

Francis, Andrew M. 2011. "Sex Ratios and the Red Dragon: Using the Chinese Communist Revolution to Explore the Effect of the Sex Ratio on Women and Children in Taiwan." Journal of Population Economics, 24(3): 813–837.

Francis, Andrew M. 2010. "An Essay on Human Rights and the Market for Social Contracts." Southern Economic Journal, 77(1): 181–188.

Francis, Andrew M. and Hugo M. Mialon. 2010. "Tolerance and HIV." Journal of Health Economics, 29(2): 250–267.

Francis, Andrew M. 2009. "The Human Capital Peace: Development and International Conflict." Defence and Peace Economics, 20(5): 395-411.

Francis, Andrew M. and Hugo M. Mialon. 2008. "The Optimal Penalty for Sexually Transmitting HIV." American Law and Economics Review, 10(2): 388-423. (Winner, American Law and Economics Review Distinguished Article Prize of 2009.)

Francis, Andrew M. 2008. "Family and Sexual Orientation: The Family-Demographic Correlates of Homosexuality in Men and Women." Journal of Sex Research, 45(4): 371-377.

Francis, Andrew M. 2008. "The Economics of Sexuality: The Effect of HIV/AIDS on Homosexual Behavior in the United States." Journal of Health Economics, 27(3): 675-689.


PP5196 Education Economics and Policy (2017-2019)

PP5401 Policy Challenges (2018-2020)

PP5801 Economic Analysis (2018-2019)