Dr. Bo Feng


Dr. Bo Feng is a Research Economist within IMPAQ’s Health Division. The central theme of his research is connecting theory with evidence to characterize policy impacts, focusing on risky health behaviors. His work has appeared in leading field journals including the American Journal of Health Economics, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. His research has also appeared in prominent media outlets, such as Forbes and MarketWatch.


Dr. Feng’s training at the intersection of public policy, economics, and public health enables him to apply modern program evaluation strategies and transdisciplinary perspectives to study behavioral responses to policy changes. His work draws on microeconomic theory and behavioral insights and uses large-scale administrative datasets, such as Medicare and Medicaid claims data and birth records, as well as nationally recognized survey data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, and National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


Dr. Feng has experience working with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Payment and Access Commission.

Prior Experience

Before joining IMPAQ, Dr. Feng was a graduate research assistant at Georgia Health Policy Center, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science and in the Office of The Provost at Georgia State University.


Dr. Feng received his PhD in Public Policy from Andrew School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in 2018. He received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Liu, C. Y., Ye, L. & Feng, B. (2018). Migrant entrepreneurship in China: entrepreneurial transition and firm performance. Small Business Economics, 1-16.

Palm, R., Lewis, G. B. & Feng, B. (2017). What Causes People to Change Their Opinion about Climate Change? Annals of the American Association of Geographers107(4), 883-896.

Snyder, A., Marton, J., McLaren, S., Feng, B. & Zhou, M. (2017). Do High Fidelity Wraparound Services for Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances Save Money in the Long-Term? The journal of mental health policy and economics20(4), 167-175.

Feng. B. (2018, June). Marijuana Legalization and Interest in Marijuana: Evidence from Google Trends. Presentation at the 7th Conference of the American Society of Health Economics, Atlanta, GA.

Dave. D., Feng. B. & Pesko, M. (2017, November). The Effects of E-Cigarettes Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws on Youth Substance Use. Presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Conference, Chicago, IL.

Dave. D., Feng. B. & Pesko, M. (2017, July). The Effects of E-Cigarettes Minimum Legal Sale Age Laws on Youth Substance Use. Presentation at Boston 2017 Congress: International Health Economics Association, Boston, MA.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Lewis, G. B., Palm, R. & Feng, B. (2018). Cross-national variation in determinants of climate change concern. Environmental Politics, 1-29.

Feng. B. & Pesko, M. (2018, November). Revisiting the Effects of Tobacco Retailer Compliance Inspections on Youth Tobacco Use. Poster presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Conference, Washington, DC.