Research and Research Support Staff

Economic and Social Disadvantage Research Team

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Dr Anna Zhu

    Research Fellow
    (Economic and Social Disadvantage)

    • Determinants of student achievement
    • Early childhood development
    • Effects of disadvantage on student outcomes and child development
    • Disadvantaged families
    • Family and household formation and dissolution
    • Family and household wellbeing outcomes
    • Intergenerational disadvantage

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