Dr Yiu-Shing Lau PhD

Research Fellow

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Shing’s role uses his knowledge of handling and managing datasets and applying econometric techniques to evaluate effects of policy in healthcare. He is currently working on several projects:

Examining the effects of the Devo-Manc (the devolution of power over, amonst other things, health and social care budgets to Greather Manchester)

Evaluation whether formal and informal care are complements or substitutes. This analysis uses the British Household Panel Survey to test wheter informal care can reduce the use of formal care.

Another project Shing is involved in is New Models of Primary Care. This project will combine a wide range of sources of data on general practice to evaluate the impact of these changes in primary care. Data will be collected and managed from both GP level and individual level from primary and secondary care.

Comprehensive Longitudinal Assessment of Salford Integrated Care (CLASSIC). Shing’s involvement will evaluate the effect of an intervention aimed at increasing access to primary care for patients over the age of 65 on emergency hospital admissions.




Shing studied for a Bachelor's in Economic Science at the University of Manchester, specialising in Finance and Economics modules. He progressed within the university to complete an MSc in Economics where his optional modules were; Economic Growth, Financial Economics and Applied Econometrics. Shing was introduced into the field of Health Economics by conducting a Health Economics Dissertation during his MSc. This empirical study looked at the effects of reducing hospital waiting times on the quality of health care provided by NHS trusts using a pressure index. The dissertation was supervised by Professor Matt Sutton and Dr Silviya Nikolova.

Shing conducted a PhD on the quality of care under financial incentives. He was supervised by Professor Matt Sutton, Professor Tim Doran and Professor Stephen Campbell. He looked at, how measured quality of care indicators are associated with patient health outcomes, how the quality of care has been distributed between patients, and the weekend effect on mortality and the quality of care.

Shing worked as an econometric consultant for NHS England for 7 months during 2015. Shing used large patient level data and econometric techniques to update the Person Based Resource Allocation Formula for General and Acute hospital services. Shing provided econometric assistence for updating maternity services, perscribing, and primary care resource allocation formulae, he also provided assistence to exploring the suitality of resource allocation formulae for commissioning specialised hospital services,


PhD Medicine (The University of Manchester 2015)

MSc Economics (The University of Manchester 2010)

BEconSc Economics (The University of Manchester 2008)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health Economics Research Group (HESG)

International Health Economics Association (iHEA)

European Health Economics Association (EuHEA)

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Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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