Ruru Ping

Hitotsubashi University

Ruru Ping

Ruru is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. Her PhD research focuses on strengthening the sustainability of the long-term care system in China, using a comparative approach with the Japanese system. Ruru applies both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the long-term care systems in China and Japan. With five years of work experience in the non-profit sector in East Asia, she brings valuable practical expertise into her academic pursuits. Previously, she obtained a BSc in Psychology from Warwick (with distinction) and an MSc in Global Health from LSE (with the Brian-Abel Smith Prize for best overall performance in her programme).


Countries China; Japan;
Topics Community-based LTC; Financing LTC; LTC Policy; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis;
Role Research;
Research interests

Policy evaluation; early-life socioeconomic determinants of healthy ageing; financing long-term care; informal caregiving

Key publications

Ping, R. and Oshio, T. 2023. Education level as a predictor of the onset of health problems among China’s middle-aged population: A Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. Frontiers in Public Health, forthcoming. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1187336