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Bo Hu

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Bo Hu

Bo holds a PhD in Economics from Nankai University, China, and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Bo’s research focuses on the utilisation and financing of long-term care for older people in the UK and China. His research interests include: social determinants of long-term care utilisation, inequality in unmet long-term care needs, and health consequences of unmet needs. Bo uses a variety of quantitative methods (econometric analysis, structural equation modelling, and machine learning) in his research.


Countries China; UK;
Topics Access to care; Care economy; Care inequalities; Care trajectories; Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Epidemiology and ageing trajectories; Financing LTC; Housing and care; LTC Policy; LTC Systems; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Data science and LTC research; Quantitative data analysis; Simulation models;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Data Science; Economics of Long-Term Care; Quasi-experimental methods;
Key publications

Lyu, J. Y., Hu, B., Wittenberg, R., & King, D. (2023). The relationships between informal and formal social care for older people in England: A comparison before and after the Care Act 2014. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1-18.

Hu, B., Cartagena-Farias, J., & Brimblecombe, N. (2022). Functional disability and utilisation of long-term care in the older population in England: a dual trajectory analysis. European Journal of Ageing, 19(4), 1363-1373.

Hu, B., Read, S., Wittenberg, R., Brimblecombe, N., Rodrigues, R., Banerjee, S., … & Fernandez, J. L. (2022). Socioeconomic inequality of long-term care for older people with and without dementia in England. Ageing & Society, 1-21.

Hu, B., & Chou, Y. C. (2022). Care poverty among older adults in East Asia: a comparison of unmet care needs between China and Taiwan. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 104738.

Hu, B., Shin, P., Han, E. J., & Rhee, Y. (2022). Projecting Informal Care Demand among Older Koreans between 2020 and 2067. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(11), 6391.

Yang, W., & Hu, B., (2022). Catastrophic health expenditure and mental health in the older Chinese population: The moderating role of social health insurance. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B77(1), 160-169.

Hu, B, & Wei, M. (2021). Childhood adversities and unmet needs of older Chinese adults: the mediation effects of family relationships. Research on Aging, 01640275211048237.

Hu, B (2021) Childhood adversity and healthy ageing: a study of the Chinese older population. European Journal of Ageing, 1-13.

Hu, B (2021) Is bullying victimization in childhood associated with mental health in old age? The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 76(1), 161-172.

Read, S., Hu, B., Wittenberg, R., Brimblecombe, N., Robinson, L., & Banerjee, S. (2021). A Longitudinal Study of Functional Unmet Need Among People with Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, August, pp.1-12.

Hu, B (2020) Trajectories of informal care intensity among the oldest-old Chinese. Social Science & Medicine, 266(December), 113338.

Hu, B and Li, L. (2020) The protective effects of informal care receipt against the progression of functional limitations among Chinese older people. The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 75(5), 1030-1041.

Hu, B., Li, B., Wang, J., & Shi, C. (2020) Home and community care for older people in urban China: Receipt of services and sources of payment. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(1), 225-235.

Shi, C., Hu, B (2020) Preferences for formal social care in rural and urban China: Evidence from a national survey. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 63(1-2), 19-41.

Wittenberg, R., Hu, B, C. Jagger, A. Kingston, M. Knapp, A. Comas-Herrera, D. King, A. Rehill and S. Banerjee (2020) Projections of care for older people with dementia in England: 2015 to 2040. Age and Ageing, 49(2), 264-269.