Research and Research Support Staff

  1. Professor Abigail Payne

    Director and Ronald Henderson Professor
    (Education and Child Development,
    Public Economics)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Student performance
    • Post-secondary education
    • Charitable giving
    • Government expenditure and behaviour
    • Taxation policies
  2. 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
  3. Dr Maxim Ananyev

    Research Fellow
    (Data and Analytics)

    • Data science
    • Causal inference
    • Machine learning
    • Panel data analysis
    • Political economy
  4. Mr Terence Bai

    Foundation Fellow
    (Data and Analytics,
    Health and Healthcare)

    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
    • Panel data analysis
  5. Dr Ferdi Botha

    Research Fellow
    (Families and Households,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing)

    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Household financial decision-making and financial wellbeing
    • Poverty, socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Subjective wellbeing
  6. 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
  7. Professor Peter Butterworth

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

    • Workforce participation and dynamics
    • Mental health
  8. 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
  9. Mr Alasdair Cannon

    Foundation Fellow
    (Public Economics)

    • Charitable giving
    • Data Analytics
  10. Professorial Fellow Efrem Castelnuovo

    Professor
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
  11. Professor Marco Castillo

    Program Coordinator
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Public Economics)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Early childhood development
    • Economic preferences of children
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Charitable giving
  12. 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
  13. Dr Diana Contreras Suarez

    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
  14. Mr 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
  15. 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
  16. Professor Ross Garnaut

    Professorial Fellow

    • History of economic thought and methodologies
    • International economics
    • Economic development, innovation, technological change and growth
    • Agriculture and natural resource economics
    • Environmental and ecological economics
  17. Mr Mael Guillou

    Research Support Officer
    (Education and Child Development,
    Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
  18. Mr Markus Hahn

    Senior Research Support Officer
    (Income and Economic Wellbeing)

    • Personal income and wealth distribution
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
  19. Mr Ben Harrap

    Research Assistant
    (Health and Healthcare)

    • Data management
    • Survey methodology
    • Longitudinal data analysis
    • Survival analysis
    • Data visualisation
  20. Dr Ross Hickey

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Public Economics)

    • Charitable giving
    • Government expenditure and behaviour
    • Taxation policies
  21. 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
  22. Ms Yihua Jin

    HILDA Survey Statistician/Methodologist
    (HILDA Survey Design)

    • Survey methodology
    • Imputation
    • Longitudinal surveys
  23. Dr Dajung Jun

    Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare,
    Public Economics)

    • Health insurance and healthcare finance
    • Economics of primary healthcare services
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
    • Taxation policies
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Ms Roopa Kamath

    HILDA Database Support Officer
    (HILDA Survey Design)

    • Data quality
    • Data editing and documentation
    • Development and testing of CAPI scripts
  27. Ms Anne Leahy

    Survey Manager
    (Health and Healthcare)

    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
    • Role and impact of funding and financial incentives in healthcare
  28. Professor Guay Lim

    Program Coordinator
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Growth, employment and business cycles
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
    • Labour's Share of National Income
  29. Dr Jaslene Lin

    Foundation Fellow
    (Data and Analytics,
    Education and Child Development)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Design and performance of schools and other educational institutions
  30. 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
  31. Ms Ninette Macalalad

    HILDA Survey Research Database Engineer and Analyst
    (HILDA Survey Design)

    • Survey and reporting
    • Data quality
    • Data mining and analysis
    • Data management
  32. 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
  33. Dr Julie Moschion

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing)

    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Intergenerational transmission of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage
  34. 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
  35. Dr Viet Hoang Nguyen

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Expectations and forecasting
    • Growth, employment and business cycles
    • Heterogenous behaviour
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
    • Linkages among economies and financial markets
  36. Professor Ragan Petrie

    Professorial Fellow
    Program Coordinator
    (Education and Child Development,
    Public Economics)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Economic preferences of children
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Charitable giving
  37. 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
  38. Dr Tim Robinson

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Growth, employment and business cycles
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
    • Monetary policy
  39. Dr Nicolás Salamanca

    Research Fellow
    (Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households,
    Public Economics)

    • 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
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household formation and dissolution
  40. Dr Rajeev Samarage

    Senior Research Fellow - Data Analytics and Program Coordinator
    (Data and Analytics)

    • Data analytics
    • Data visualisation
    • Data management
    • Data science using Python
  41. 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)
  42. Dr Antonia Settle

    McKenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow
    (Families and Households,
    Income and Economic Wellbeing)

    • Household risk
    • Income volatility
    • Financial change
    • Money and central banking
  43. Ms Michelle Summerfield

    HILDA Deputy Director, Survey Management
    (HILDA Survey Design)

    • Survey management
    • Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing
    • Development and testing of CAPI scripts
    • Data management, editing and documentation
  44. Professor Matt Sutton

    Professorial Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare)

    • 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
  45. Dr Claire Thibout

    Research Fellow
    (Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific,
    Education and Child Development,
    Families and Households)

    • Household production
    • Intra-household allocation
    • Economics of gender
    • Time allocation and labour supply
    • Human capital and occupational choice
  46. 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
  47. Dr Sam Tsiaplias

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Expectations and forecasting
    • Heterogenous behaviour
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
  48. 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
  49. Dr Jiao Wang

    Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Analysis )

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
    • Capital controls, shadow banking and monetary policy
  50. Associate Professor Nicole Watson

    HILDA Deputy Director, Survey Methodology & Principal Research Fellow
    (HILDA Survey Design)

    • Survey methodology
    • Weighting
    • Imputation
    • Longitudinal surveys
  51. Ms Susan Wilson

    Foundation Fellow
    (Disadvantage and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific)

    • Prevalence and consequence of child marriage
    • Data management
  52. 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
  53. Dr Ou Yang

    Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare)

    • Health insurance and healthcare finance
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Health behaviour
    • Substance abuse
  54. Associate Professor Jongsay Yong

    Principal Research Fellow
    (Health and Healthcare)

    • Health insurance and healthcare finance
    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Role and impact of funding and financial incentives in healthcare
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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

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