Scott Lee Chua 🇵🇭

Econs | Comics | Games

Headshot of Scott Lee Chua in dark blue shirt, looking to the left and smiling. Photo taken by Zac Yeow.

I am interested in economics, a field whose definition is still in flux. I currently define it as the study of human relations in, around, and despite modern capitalist systems [see changelog]. This philosophy informs my work, research, and creative writing.

In 2022, I obtained a masters degree in Quantitative Economics from the National University of Singapore. I previously graduated summa cum laude from Yale-NUS College, where I grew to love mathematics, statistics, and barbershop singing.

In 2017, I created a fantasy/sci-fi graphic novel called Doorkeeper together with Ethan Chua and a team of fantastic Filipino artists — read it here.

At present, I build AI and data platforms with Thinking Machines, design board games with Mosquito Games, and write games with Andas Productions.

news [archive]

Feb 2024 I published Spam of the Times, a micro-essay about spam and digital detritus with interactive graphs of my own text message history. :mailbox_with_mail:
Aug 2023 I had a great discussion with Ethan Chua, Lawrence Ypil, and Sydney Paige Guerrero in a roundtable on Philippine speculative fiction for the Bulosan Center Affiliates Talk Series! :philippines:
Apr 2023 My paper on Philippine science fiction with Ethan Chua has been published in Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. :rocket:
Nov 2022 I presented a study with Guillem Riambau and Tim Wertz on grades and learning outcomes at the 60th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Philippine Economic Society. :apple:
Jul 2022 I ran a workshop on reading and writing for a wonderful bunch of primary school students at the Scholastic Readers Camp! :pencil2:


  1. Cybercrime
    Measuring the deterioration of trust on the dark web: Evidence from Operation Bayonet
    Chua, S.L.
    20th Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (2021)
    Yale-NUS Outstanding Capstone in Economics (2020)
  2. Dishonesty
    Chua, S.L., Chang, J., and Riambau, G.
    Journal of Economic Psychology (2022)
  3. Science Fiction
    Chua, Ethan, and Chua, S.L.
    Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (2023)
  4. Education
    Do grades enhance learning? Evidence from a natural experiment in a liberal arts college
    Chua, S.L., Riambau, G., and Wertz, T.
    60th Annual Meeting & Conference, Philippine Economic Society