Research and Research Support Staff

  1. Professor Abigail Payne

    Director and Ronald Henderson Professor

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Student performance
    • Post-secondary education
    • Charitable giving
    • Government expenditure and behaviour
    • Taxation policies
  2. Professor Roger Wilkins

    Deputy Director
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • 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. Professor John Haisken-DeNew

    Professorial Fellow
    (Economics of Education and Child Development)

    • 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
  4. Mr Andrew Bevitt

    HILDA Research Database Manager
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Data management
    • ETL, Data pipelines and Big Data
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  5. Dr Ferdi Botha

    Research Fellow
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • 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
    (Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • 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 Research Fellow
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

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

    Professorial Fellow
    (Health Economics)

    • 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. Professor Marco Castillo

    Professorial Fellow

    • 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
  10. Mr Abraham Chigavazira

    Research Support Officer
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage,
    Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • 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
  11. Dr Diana Contreras Suarez

    Research Fellow
    (Health Economics)

    • 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. Mr Matthew Curry

    Research Fellow
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Poverty, socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
    • Employment/unemployment over the lifecycle
  13. Professor Ross Garnaut

    Professorial Research 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
  14. Mr Mael Guillou

    Research Support Officer
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage,
    Labour Economics and Social Policy)

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

    Senior Research Support Officer
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Personal income and wealth distribution
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
  16. Dr Ross Hickey

    Senior Research Fellow

    • Charitable giving
    • Government expenditure and behaviour
    • Taxation policies
  17. Dr Nicolas Hérault

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • 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
  18. Dr Jan Kabátek

    Research Fellow
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • 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
  19. Professor Guyonne Kalb

    Program Director
    (Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Impact of childcare
    • Intergenerational disadvantage
    • Parental leave and family policies
    • Individual health outcomes
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
  20. Mr Nhan (Nathan) La

    HILDA Database Support Officer
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Healthcare workforce and the labour market
  21. Dr Inga Laß

    Research Fellow
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Non-standard forms of employment
  22. Ms Anne Leahy

    Survey Manager
    (Health Economics)

    • 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
  23. Professor Guay Lim

    Program Director, CASiE Survey
    (Macroeconomics)

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

    Foundation Fellow
    (Economics of Education and Child Development)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Design and performance of schools and other educational institutions
  25. Ms Tessa LoRiggio

    Research Support Officer
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • Intergenerational disadvantage
    • Effects of policies and programs on welfare receipt & economic wellbeing
    • Intergenerational transmission of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage
    • Drivers of income inequality and mobility
  26. Ms Ninette Macalalad

    HILDA Database Support Officer
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Survey and reporting
    • Data quality
    • Data mining and analysis
    • Data management
  27. Dr Jordy Meekes

    Research Fellow
    (Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • 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
  28. Dr Julie Moschion

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Economics of Education and Child Development,
    Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • 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
  29. Dr Susan Méndez

    Research Fellow
    (Health Economics)

    • Government health policy and regulation
    • Public health
    • Analysis of healthcare markets
    • Production, pricing and market structure
    • Size distribution of firms
  30. Dr Viet Hoang Nguyen

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomics)

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

    Professorial Fellow

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Economic preferences of children
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Charitable giving
  32. Dr Cain Polidano

    Research Fellow
    (Economics of Education and Child Development)

    • 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
  33. Professor David Ribar

    Program Director
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Transitions from school to further education and training
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Housing and homelessness
  34. Dr Tim Robinson

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomics)

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Growth, employment and business cycles
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
    • Monetary policy
  35. Associate Professor Chris Ryan

    Principal Research Fellow

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Individual decision-making and incentives in education
    • Transitions from school to further education and training
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Intergenerational disadvantage
  36. Dr Nicolás Salamanca

    Research Fellow
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • 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
  37. Dr Rajeev Samarage

    Senior Research Fellow - Data Analytics

    • Data analytics
    • Data visualisation
    • Data management
    • Data science using Python
  38. Professor Anthony Scott

    Director, MABEL Survey
    (Health 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)
  39. Ms Michelle Summerfield

    HILDA Deputy Director, Survey Management
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

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

    Professorial Research Fellow
    (Health Economics)

    • 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
  41. Ms Sandie-Marie Szawlowski

    Research Assistant
    (Health Economics)

    • Risk preferences and decision modelling of patients and doctors
  42. Dr Claire Thibout

    Research Fellow
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • Household production
    • Intra-household allocation
    • Economics of gender
    • Time allocation and labour supply
    • Human capital and occupational choice
  43. Dr Yi-Ping Tseng

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Labour Economics and Social Policy)

    • Early childhood development
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Employment services
  44. Dr Sam Tsiaplias

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomics)

    • Applied macroeconomics
    • Expectations and forecasting
    • Heterogenous behaviour
    • Housing, mortgages and policy
  45. Dr Esperanza Vera-Toscano

    Senior Research Fellow
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • 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
  46. Dr Jiao Wang

    Research Fellow
    (Macroeconomics)

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

    HILDA Deputy Director, Survey Methodology & Principal Research Fellow
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • Survey methodology
    • Weighting
    • Imputation
    • Longitudinal surveys
  48. Professor Mark Wooden

    Director, HILDA Survey
    (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics)

    • 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
  49. Dr Ou Yang

    Research Fellow
    (Health Economics)

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

    Principal Research Fellow
    (Health Economics)

    • 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
  51. Dr Arezou Zaresani

    Research Fellow
    (Health 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
  52. Professor Yuting Zhang

    (Health Economics)

    • Health services access
    • Sanitation impacts on child health
    • Wellbeing of people living with a disability
    • Health insurance and healthcare finance
    • Organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers
    • Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
    • Economics of primary healthcare services
  53. Dr Federico Zilio

    Research Fellow

    • 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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