Dr Cathy Honge Gong

PhD in Applied Economics (ANU); M.S. in Public Policy(GRIPS); B.S. in Economics(RUC)
Research Fellow
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Areas of expertise

  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Cross Sectional Analysis 140301
  • Panel Data Analysis 140304
  • Applied Statistics 010401
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Applied Economics 1402

Research interests


Social and life course influence on healthy and productive ageing, social and health determinants of health services use, comparative ageing in Australia and Asia, aging in place and age friendly communities, spatial disparity, income inequality and mobility, health and employment transitions and their impacts on well being; labor market participation at mature age and retirement choices; cross sectional and longitudinal analysis; indexation, microsimulation and other applied statistics


Cathy Honge Gong is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW) at ANU since 2013. 

She has a PhD in Applied Economics from ANU and has been previously working as a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at ANU, and at NATSEM, University of Canberra, as well as an Assistant Director at DEEWR, and a Statistician/Assistant Director at National Bureau of Statistics of China. 

She has contributed primarily to the ARC CEPAR and Discovery research projects in Healthy and Productive Ageing in both Australia and China. Her research has strong policy imapcts on promoting health, productivity and wellbeing. 

She has published in the top journals in multi-disciplinary research areas of social sciences, population health, gerontology, labour economics and demography, such as Social Science and Medicine (SSM) Population Health, BMC Health Services Research, Journal of Ageing and Health, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Population, Space and Place etc. She has also been invited to review articles for 16 top journals, including Social Sciences and Medicines; BMJ Open.   

Her research interests include life course impacts on late life health and wellbeing, social determinants of healthy and productive ageing, intergenerational support relationships, health services use, comparative study on ageing in Asian-Pacific region, age friendly cities and communities, income and health inequalities; transitions of health, employment and wellbeing, labour market participation and retirement choices at later life.

She was a CIC of ARC Linkage grant in 2011: “Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond” and a named collaborator (AI) of ARC Discovery grant in 2015 "Ageing in China and Australia: promoting health, productivity and wellbeing".

She is also a Partner Investigator (PI) in 2017 for a China Social Science Research Funding project on "Health care utilization among older Chinese with chronic diseases and its impact on health care system reform"; and a China Natural Science Research Funding project on " Policy Implications on Chinese Economic, Environment and Energy using Simulation Modelling".

Researcher's projects

  • Healthy and Productive Ageing
  • Socio-economic determinants of health and health services use
  • Age-friendly communities, geographical locations and mobility of older populations
  • Comparative Ageing in Asia
  • Life course impact on health and wellbeing
  • Health care utilization among older Chinese with chronic diseases
  • Policy implications on Chinese economic environment and energy using simulation modelling


Current student projects

Research projects for PhD students

(1) Healthy and productive ageing in China and Australia

(2) Intergenerational relationship and its imapct on wellbeing at later life

(3) Health care utilization among older Chinese with chronic diseases and its impact on health care system reform

Teaching and supervising experience

Lecturer for POPH8918 Life course approaches to human ageing: Lecture 9 Social and economic determinants of healthy and productive ageing

Co-marker and co-supervisor for student in SCNC2101 Advanced study 1: Use and prevalence of traditional Chinese medicine in mainland China

Co-supervisor of Research Asistants

Past student projects

Class Tutor, School of Economics, ANU, 2007-2008

(1) EMET 1001: Foundations of Economic and Financial Models

(2) ECON1101: Microeconomics 1

(3) ECON1102: Macroeconomics 1

Group tutor, IDEC Crawford School, ANU, 2006-2007

(1) IDEC8064: Masters of Microeconomics

(2) IDEC8008: Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance and Development

(3) ECON8034: Principle of Public Economics 


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