Van Pham is a Professor of Economics at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. His research applies tools from economic theory, game theory, and statistics to study diverse topics such as child labor and women workers in developing countries, health care in developing countries, poverty, immigration, regulation, sovereign debt, technology change, corruption, and the role of language in international trade and investment. Van's papers have been published in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, World Economy; his research has been cited 2000 times. He has lectured to undergraduate and graduate students, academics, business executives, diplomats, and policy makers in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Van holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and S.M and S.B. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.