Research staff

  1. Professor Guyonne Kalb

    Program Director
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Health and Healthcare,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment,
    Public Economics)

    • Labour supply with a focus on female labour force participation
    • Impact of social policy on labour supply
    • Impact of tax and transfer policies on labour supply
    • Parental leave and family policies
    • Impact of childcare and early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on child development
    • Individual health outcomes
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
  2. Professor John de New

    Professorial Fellow
    Program Coordinator
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Health Outcomes
    • Employment policy
    • Employment/unemployment over the lifecycle
    • Labour supply issues tied to sub-populations (e.g. women, Indigenous Australians, medial workforce)
    • Non-standard forms of employment
    • Social and tax policy as it relates to work incentives
  3. Professor Peter Butterworth

    Professorial Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Workforce participation and dynamics
    • Mental health
  4. Professor Lisa Cameron

    Professorial Fellow
    Program Coordinator
    (Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific,
    Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Health and Healthcare,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Criminalisation of sex-work
    • Gender inequality in labour markets
    • Health services access
    • Impact of cash transfers on child development
    • Sanitation impacts on child health
    • Wellbeing of people living with a disability
    • Early childhood development
  5. Professor Anthony Scott

    Program Coordinator
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment,
    Public Economics)

    • Health insurance and healthcare finance
    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Economics of primary healthcare services
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
    • Role and impact of funding and financial incentives in healthcare
    • Labour supply issues tied to sub-populations (e.g. women, Indigenous Australians, medical workforce)
  6. Professor Roger Wilkins

    Deputy Director
    (Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Effects of policies and programs on welfare receipt & economic wellbeing
    • Household financial decision-making and financial wellbeing
    • Personal income and wealth distribution
    • Poverty, socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
    • Employment/unemployment over the lifecycle
    • Workforce participation and dynamics
  7. Professor Mark Wooden

    Director HILDA Survey and Program Coordinator
    (Families and Households,
    Health and Healthcare,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Intergenerational transmission of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage
    • Employment/unemployment over the lifecycle
    • Non-standard forms of employment
    • Working time
  8. Professor Yuting Zhang

    Professorial Fellow
    (Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific,
    Health and Healthcare,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Financing and organisation of healthcare systems
    • Value-based healthcare
    • International healthcare reforms, focusing on Australia, US, and China
    • Health insurance design and healthcare market competition
    • Economic evaluations of health policies
    • Mental health policy
    • Pharmaceutical policy and economics
  9. Associate Professor Nicolas Hérault

    Principal Research Fellow
    (Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment,
    Public Economics)

    • Effects of policies and programs on welfare receipt & economic wellbeing
    • Personal income and wealth distribution
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
    • Social and tax policy as it relates to work incentives
  10. Dr Barbara Broadway

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Early childhood development
    • Intergenerational disadvantage
    • Household finance
    • Labour supply issues tied to sub-populations (e.g. women, Indigenous Australians, medial workforce)
    • Social and tax policy as it relates to work incentives,
    • Workforce participation and dynamics
  11. Dr Diana Contreras Suárez

    Research Fellow
    (Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific,
    Education and Child Development,
    Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Gender inequality in labour markets
    • Health services access
    • Impact of cash transfers on child development
    • Sanitation impacts on child health
    • Wellbeing of people living with a disability
    • Domestic Violence
    • Early childhood development
  12. Dr Matthew Curry

    Research Fellow
    (Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Poverty, socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
    • Employment/unemployment over the lifecycle
  13. Dr Jan Kabátek

    Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Early childhood development
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Employment policy
    • Workforce participation and dynamics
  14. Dr Judith Liu

    Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Evaluation of government programs and public policy
    • Health economics
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
    • Inequality and poverty
  15. Dr Jordy Meekes

    Research Fellow
    (Families and Households,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Disadvantaged families
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Employment policy
    • Labour supply issues tied to sub-populations (e.g. women, Indigenous Australians, medial workforce)
    • Non-standard forms of employment
    • Commuting and wage differentials
  16. Dr Susan Méndez

    Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Government health policy and regulation
    • Public health
    • Analysis of healthcare markets
    • Production, pricing and market structure
    • Size distribution of firms
  17. Dr Cain Polidano

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Design and performance of schools and other educational institutions
    • Transitions from school to further education and training
    • Effects of policies and programs on welfare receipt & economic wellbeing
  18. Dr Yi-Ping Tseng

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Early childhood development
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Employment services
  19. Dr Esperanza Vera-Toscano

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Families and Households,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Intergenerational disadvantage
    • Household finance
    • Poverty, socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
    • Workforce participation and dynamics
  20. Dr Arezou Zaresani

    Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Labour Markets and Employment,
    Public Economics)

    • Socio-economic factors affecting health outcomes
    • Employment policy
    • Social and tax policy as it relates to work incentives
    • Labour supply of disabled population
    • Government expenditure and behaviour
    • Service delivery of welfare programs
    • Taxation policies
  21. Dr Federico Zilio

    Research Fellow
    (Income and Economic Wellbeing,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Employment policy
    • Effects of policies and programs on welfare recipients and economic wellbeing
    • Poverty socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Effect of policies on health outcomes
    • Relation between health and consumption and income dynamics
  22. Mr Abraham Chigavazira

    Foundation Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Labour Markets and Employment)

    • Early childhood development
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Social and tax policy as it relates to work incentives
    • Other Education & Child Development topics

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