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Economics research

One of the strongest groupings of applied economists in Australia
We undertake research in economic theory, applied economics, economic policy, and the history of economic thought.

Our research expertise include:

  • game theory
  • empirical and theoretical industrial organisation
  • international trade
  • economic growth and inequality
  • exchange rate intervention 
  • empirical labour economics
  • economic development in China and India
  • health and housing policy
  • behavioural economics
  • experimental economics 

Seminar and Research Groups

2021 Seminar CoordinatorsAlastair Fraser and Ye Lu

Our seminars regularly take place in Room 650, Social Sciences Building (SSB) and online via Zoom on Thursday 11am-12.30pm, unless otherwise stated. 

More detailed information can be found on our events page and calendar

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) is a national research centre uniquely positioned to tackle the intergenerational transmission of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australian families.

The School of Economics (Life Course Centre Sydney node) runs seminars periodically, designed to provide a network and collaborative opportunities for academics from Australia and abroad.

The Sydney Experimental Brownbag Seminar is a joint venture between experimental economics researchers at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney.

The seminar meets fortnightly, and welcomes presentation of experimental research, broadly defined, at all stages – from design through to finished papers. Speakers usually present at a location other than their home institution, and presentations by research students are most welcome.

For more information, contact the University of Sydney seminar coordinator for 2021 at In Semester 1, 2021 seminars will be held fortnightly on Tuesdays 12pm-1pm in a hybrid format . 

Our meetings provide a forum for ongoing research on econometric theory and application. Speakers from both within and outside the School are welcome. We intend to to use this platform to foster the exchange of ideas and maintain a collaborative econometrics research environment. 

If you would like to contribute a presentation or have any queries, please contact

The group provides an opportunity for academic staff working on empirical microeconomics and public policy, broadly understood, to present ongoing research, including at the earliest stages. Interested faculty and Ph.D. students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present from time to time.

There can be more than one presenter in a given week, depending on how much material each presenter has ready. However, keeping in mind the need to allow ample time for discussion of early-stage work, we usually plan to have a single presenter present for 30-40 minutes, and allow the remainder of the time for questions and discussion.

For 2021, please contact if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. In Semester 1, 2021, MPP seminars will be held fornightly on Fridays from 1pm-2pm. 

The purpose of the group is to meet on a regular basis and discuss major publications or presenter's own work-in-progress in dynamic macroeconomics.

The group convenes on Tuesdays, 4.30pm-6pm every fortnight at the presenter's university. If you would like to receive announcements or contribute with a presentation, please contact

The main aim of the reading group is to create a collaborative environment for exchange of research ideas, presentation of early research work and research funding proposals among staff and research students with interest in agricultural, environmental and resource economics.

The group also aims to facilitate the establishment of new collaborations, and to foster existing research collaborations across disciplines with interest in these areas within the University of Sydney. The group also links with researchers that have interest in this area across several universities based in Sydney. 

The reading group meets fortnightly during semester sessions, and at other times when the need or opportunity arises. The usual time and place for meetings is 11am-12 pm on Wednesdays at the University of Sydney.

To register for the group’s mailing list or to suggest a presentation please get in touch with

The purpose of this seminar series is to create an environment for researchers from the fields of International Trade and Macroeconomics to present their ongoing research. The meetings normally take place fortnightly on Tuesdays 2pm-3pm in Room 650, Social Sciences Building (SSB). Please contact if you would like to join the mailing list or contribute with a presentation. 

Theory seminars take place fortnightly on Fridays 4pm-5.30pm in the Social Sciences Building (A02) at the University of Sydney and online. Please contact or if you would like to contribute or join the mailing list. 

The Centre of Behavioural Economics: Science and Policy (CoBE SaP) is a small group of academic staff at the School of Economics working on all topics related to behavioural economics and policy. CoBE SaP members meet informally to discuss current research and potential projects, and to share their passion for interesting data. A key goal of the group is to build collaborations with and between ECRs, Postdocs, Predocs, Honours and advanced undergraduate students interested in policy-relevant topics focused on the economics of behavioural economics. CoBE SaP members are especially interested in using novel data to enhance public policy decisions in the spheres of education, environment and health, among others. We believe that data advances scientific advances which leads to meaningful policy changes.

If you and your students love to discuss economic research on behavioural economics and policy topics, please join our weekly discussions. For more information please contact to join. 

Past Seminars

Speaker Affiliation Title
John Stachurski Australian National University Stability of Equilibrium Asset Pricing Models: A Necessary and Sufficient Condition
Andrew Schotter New York University Trust Me: Communication and Competition in Psychological Games
Yanhui Wu University of Southern California Social Media, Information Networks, and Protests in China
Martin Huber Universitat Freiburg Direct and Indirect Effects based on Changes-in-Changes
Moshe Haviv Hebrew University of Jerusalem Social cost of deviation and its applications to queueing games
Edwin Jiang University of Sydney (HDR) Shadow Offshoring and Complementarity in Product Space
Hannah Schildberg-Horisch Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf Does the provision of time resources reduce stress? Causal evidence
Ngo Van Long McGill University The Curse of Knowledge: Having Access to Customer Information Can Reduce Monopoly Profit
Dan Hamermesh University of Texas “O Youth and Beauty:” Childrens looks and children's cognitive development
Daniel Kamhofer Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf Self-Control: Determinants, Life Outcomes and Intergenerational Implications
Tristan Truuvert University of Sydney (HDR) Do low interest rates make financial crises more likely?
Michael (Qingliang) Fan WISE, Xiamen University Estimation of Conditional Average Treatment Effects with High-Dimensional Data
Christopher Hoy Australian National University How does Information about Inequality Shape Preferences for Redistribution and Voting Intentions? Evidence From a Randomized Survey Experiment in Indonesia
Peyman Khezr University of Queensland Entry and social efficiency under Bertrand competition and asymmetric information
Nigel McClung Bank of Finland

Performance of Simple Interest Rate Rules Subject to Fiscal Policy

Jonathan Newton Kyoto University Conventions Under Heterogeneous Choice Rules
Maruge Zhao and Xiru Li University of Sydney (HDR) Water portfolio facing climate change & Evaluation of the targeted poverty alleviation program in China, an example of Gansu province
Alan Rai Australian Energy Market Commission Australia’s National Electricity Market after twenty years
Dick van Dijk Erasmus University Uncertainty and the macroeconomy: A real-time out-of-sample evaluation
Vlad Smirnov University of Sydney Preemption with a Second-Mover Advantage
Arthur Lewbel Boston College Social Networks with Misclassified or Unobserved Links
Cyn-Young Park Asian Development Bank Financial Inclusion: A New Measurement and Cross-Country Impact Assessment
Pengzhi Xia University of Sydney (HDR) Political Job Assignments and Incentives
Bram de Rock ECARES A new year, a new you? A two-selves model of within-individual variation in food purchases
Juan Carlos Carbajal University of New South Wales Cause and Effect in Political Polarization: A Dynamic Analysis
Fabio Canova Florence School of Banking and Finance Mind the Gap! Stylized Dynamic Facts and Structural Models
Michael Keane University of New South Wales Evaluating Consumers’ Choices of Medicare Part D Plans: A Study in Behavioral Welfare Economics
Manfred Lenzen University of Sydney Marrying Economics and Environmental Science: Investigating climate-change disasters and what drives them
Gabriella Conti University College London (Growing) Up in Smoke? The impact of prenatal and postnatal maternal smoking on child development
Matthew Ho University of Sydney (HDR) Democracy and Development in America: Evidence from counties in the United States, 1790 to 1990
Rohan Nelson ABARES Modernising ABARES forecasting services for agriculture
Shuping Shi Macquarie University Common Bubble Detection in Large Dimensional Financial Systems
Tomer Siedner Hebrew University Optimal Pricing by a Risk-Averse Seller
Elif Incekara Hafalir University of Technology Sydney The Effect of Payment Medium on Effort
Gordon Leslie Monash University Dynamic Costs and Market Power: The Rooftop Solar Transition in Western Australia
Haishan Yuan University of Queensland National Representation and Local Public Expenditure: A Natural Experiment from Japan
Didier Nibbering Monash University Panel Forecasting with Asymmetric Grouping
Jeremy Fox Rice University Geographic Expansion Mergers and FCC Spectrum Policy: Estimating a Matching Game with Externalities
Massimo Franchi Sapienza Università di Roma Autoregressive processes, cointegration and related results
Mikhail Anufriev University of Technology Sydney Planar Beauty Contests
David Frazier Monash University Weak Instruments in Discrete Choice Models
Marco Castillo Texas A&M Detecting drivers of behavior at an early age: Evidence from a longitudinal experiment
Christopher Woodruff Oxford University  Information and Bargaining through Agents: Experimental Evidence from Mexico’s Labor Courts
Joeri Smits Yale University Too Much of a Good Thing? The Encouraging and Distortionary Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers
Damian Clarke Universidad de Santiago de Chile Maternal Mortality and Women’s Political Participation
Speaker Affiliation Title
David Zilberman University of California, Berkeley The Economics of GMOs
Dan Friedman University of California Santa Cruz Order Protection through Delayed Messaging
Junior Maih Norges Bank State Space Models with Endogenous Regime Switching
Thijs Van Rens University of Warwick  Inequality in Diet and Obesity
Ian Walker Lancaster University Choosing Schools and School Choice
Galina Hale Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Home Currency Issuance in International Bond Markets
Mushfiq Mobarak Yale University Slippery Fish: Enforcing Regulation under Subversive Adaptation
Nicholas Groshenny University of Adelaide Do we really know that US Monetary policy was destabilizing in the 1970s?
Todd Sanderson CSIRO Defining, Measuring and Valuing Economic Resilience
Richard Smith University of Cambridge Quasi-Maximum Likelihood and The Kernel Block Bootstrap for Nonlinear Dynamic Models
Dick Startz University of Santa Barbara California  How Research Goes Astray: Paths and Equilibria
Emiliano Huet Vaugn University of Sydney  Choice Architecture to Improve Financial Decision Making
Alessandro Sforza University of Bologna Shocks and the Organization of the Firm: Who Pays the Bill?
Steve Yeong University of Sydney  Can pre-recorded evidence raise conviction rates in cases of Domestic Violence? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in New South Wales
Sylvan Herskowitz IFPRI Firm Response to Insecurity: Evidence from Afghan Phone Records
Pauline Grosjean University of New South Wales Corporate Gender Culture
Kentaro Tomoeda University of Technology Sydney Sophistication and Cautiousness in College Applications
Valentin Zelenyuk University of Queensland Improving Finite Sample Approximation by Central Limit Theorems for DEA and FDH efficiency scores
Leslie Martin University of Melbourne The Margins of Response to Road Use Prices
Luis Henrique Uzeda Garcia Bank of Canada Endogenous Time-Variation in Vector Autoregressions
Tom Cusbert University of Sydney  Asset Pricing Models with a Drift in the Labour Share of Income
Pratiti Chatterjee University of New South Wales Uncertainty Shocks, Financial Frictions and Business Cycle Asymmetries Across Countries
Shang-Jin Wei Columbia University  An Unhealthy Trade Surplus?
David Cooper Florida State University and University of East Anglia  Why Join a Team?
Chengsi Wang Monash University Platform investment and price parity clauses
Ilya Serov University of Sydney (HDR) What Drives the Housing Market: Expectations or Credit Conditions? Evidence from the Australian Securitisation Market
Shengyu Li University of New South Wales Input Prices, Productivity and Trade Dynamics: Long-run Effects of Liberalization on Chinese Paint Manufacturers
Di Lan University of Sydney (HDR) The Education and Labour Market Pathway of Young Adults in Australia: The Role of Ethnic Background
Vance Martin University of Melbourne Measuring Financial Interdependence in Asset Markets with an Application to Eurozone Equities
Orla Doyle University College Dublin The First 2,000 Days and Child Skills: Evidence & Update from a Randomized Experiment of Home Visiting
Andy Cheung University of Sydney (HDR) Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Inflows: A new perspective for the Chinese experience
Hayley Fisher University of Sydney The effect of future welfare eligibility on current relationship stability
Martin Berka Massey University Deviations in real exchange rate levels in the OECD and their structural determinants
David Rogers University of New South Wales Pensions and Participation: Evidence from WWII Veterans in Australia
Shingo Ishiguro Osaka University Relational Contracts and Savings
Michela Giorcelli University of California Los Angeles  Not All Management Is Created Equal: Evidence from the Training Within the Industry Program
Russell Toth University of Sydney  Banking on Persistence: The Impacts of a Credit Guarantee on Bank Lending in Indonesia
Speaker Affiliation Title
Kiminori Matsuyama Northwestern University Engel’s Law in the Global Economy: Demand-Induced Patterns of Structural Change, Innovation, and Trade*
Juan Dubra Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay Overconfidence, Illusion of Control, or Unskilled and Unaware?
Bruce Preston University of Melbourne On the Limits of Monetary Policy
Keith Ericson Boston University Inferring Risk Perceptions and Preferences using Choice from Insurance Menus: Theory and Evidence
Mohammed Abdellaoui HEC Paris, France Temporal Risk Resolution: Utility versus Probability Weighting Approaches
Jonathan Newton Kyoto University The Deconstruction of Conventions
Ran Abramitzky Stanford University Cultural Assimilation during the Two Ages of Mass Migration
Maryam Abdolrahimi University of Sydney (HDR) The Economics of Natural Disasters: The Case of Income Effect of Floods in Queensland
Omer Moav University of Warwick The Emergence of Hierarchies and States: Productivity vs. Appropriability 
Paul Scott New York University Linear IV Regression Estimators for Single-Agent Dynamic Discrete Choice Models
Greg Kaplan University of Chicago What Would You Do with $500? Spending Responses to Gains, Losses, News and Loans
Xuan Rong Lu University of Sydney (HDR) A Model of Market Expansion
Colin Cameron UC Davis Cluster-Robust Inference: Recent Developments
Pablo Guerron Quintana Boston College On Regional Borrowing, Default, and Migration
Stone Shi University of Sydney (HDR) The Economics in Container Shipping
Jana Mareckova University of Konstanz Shrinkage for Categorical Regressors
Peer Skov Auckland University of Technology Do Lower Minimum Wages for Young Workers Raise their Employment? Evidence from a Danish Discontinuity
Saroj Bhattarai University of Texas, Austin A Unified Model of International Business Cycles and Trade
Moriah Bostian Lewis & Clark College Assessing the Productivity Consequences of Agri-Environmental Practices When Adoption Is Endogenous
Benjamin Young University of Technology Sydney Contract Design with Framing Effects and Endogenous Cognition

Edwin Jiang

Xueting Wang

University of Sydney (HDR)

Destination Biased Export Spillovers

What do laboratory measures of self-control in the monetary domain tell us about self-control for healthy and unhealthy food rewards?

Pierre Sarte Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Sectoral and Aggregate Structural Change
Chun Yi University of Sydney (HDR) Entry, Exit, expectation and performance over the movie life cycle
Federico Mandelman Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Search Complementarities, Aggregate Fluctuations and Fiscal Policy 
James Colin Bishop University of Sydney (HDR) Is Declining Union Membership Contributing to Low Wages Growth?
Di Lan University of Sydney (HDR) The Education and Labour Market Pathway of Young Adults in Australia: The Role of Cultural Characteristics
Eben Lazarus MIT Sloan School of Management The Size-Power Tradeoff in HAR Inference
Vladimir Tyazhelnikov University of Sydney Spillovers in Global Value Trees
Nico Salamanca University of Melbourne Parents’ Behavioral Response to Teacher Qualifications

Gregor Jarosch

Laura Pilossoph

Princeton University

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Labor Market Search With Imperfect Information and Learning
Joshua Miller University of Alicante The Hot Hand Fallacy Fallacy
Rigissa Megalo-konomou University of Queensland Persistency in Teachers' Grading Biases and Effect on Longer Term Outcomes: University Admission Exams and Choice of Field of Study
Esther Girsberger University of Technology Sydney The Puzzle of Educated Unemployment in West Africa
Costas Azariadis

Washington University,

St. Louis

Corruption and Rent-Seeking in Economic Growth
Rebecca Taylor University of Sydney Unemployment Insurance as a Worker Indiscipline Device? Evidence from Scanner Data
Tara Sinclair George Washington University Forecast Evaluation and Macroeconomic Policy
Nadia Streletskaya Oregon State University Social Presence and Wine Shopping Behavior: Evidence on Signaling and Guilt Reciprocity from Video Data
Gianni Amisano Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Model-based output gap estimation and nowcasting at the Federal Reserve Board
Conor Walsh Yale University Growth, Demand, and Deleveraging
Juan Pablo Nicolini Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

Is There a Stable Relationship between Unemployment and Future Inflation? Evidence from U.S. Cities

Speaker Affiliation Title
Justus Wesseler Wageningen University, The Netherlands  
Francisco Rosas ORT University, Uruguay  
Morten Lau Copenhagen Business School  
David Ribar University of Melbourne Daughters and Divorce
Sarah Zubairy Texas A&M University Homeownership and Housing Transitions: Explaining the Demographic Composition
Helmut Lutkepohl DIW Berlin, Germany Bootstrapping Impulse Responses of Structural Vector Autoregressive Models with GARCH Residuals
Markus Brueckner Australian National University Non-Gravity Trade
Vera Eichenhauer ETH Zurich December Fever in Public Finance
Julian Kuan University of Sydney (HDR) Conflict and Stalemate
Michael Anderson University of California, Berkeley School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance
Tibor Besedes Georgia Institute of Technology Trade Integration and the Fragility of Trade Relationships: Theory and Empirics
Hayden Dimes University of Sydney (HDR) The interplay between voter turnout and egalitarianism
Adeline Delavande University of Essex Perceived returns from early-life investments and maternal investments in children
Kai Liu University of Cambridge The Supply of Skills and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence From a College Expansion Reform
David Smerdon University of Queensland Trust and Inequality: Just bad luck?
Ning Xu University of Sydney (HDR) Nonparametric confidence bands for the cross-validation Errors
Angus Holford University of Essex Subjective returns to academic and non-academic investments: Evidence for a final-year cohort of undergraduates
Lata Gangadharan Monash University Leadership Selection: Can Changing the Default break the Glass Ceiling?
Chun Yi University of Sydney (HDR) Measuring Market expansion, Business stealing and Cannibalization effects of new movie’s entry
Federico Masera University of New South Wales Economic Incentives, Cultural and Institutional Change: The Evolution of Slavery in the Antebellum South
Maria Recalde University of Melbourne Leadership and risk-taking: A field experiment on the mechanisms underlying social influence
Jonathan Kearns Reserve Bank of Australia Explaining Monetary Spillovers: The Matrix Reloaded
Donna Ginther University of Kansas Do State TANF Policies Affect Child Abuse and Neglect?
Filippo Massari University of New South Wales Ambiguity, Learning, and Raiffa's critique
Xiangyi Kong University of Sydney (HDR) An empirical study on pre-auction estimates: Are they unbiased? How should them be interpreted?
Efrem Castelnuovo University of Melbourne Uncertainty-Driven Comovements in Booms and Busts: A Structural Intepretation
Eamon McGinn University of Technology Sydney Why doesn’t everyone vote? Evidence from compulsory elections in Australia

Krishnan Narayanan

Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Paradigm shift in irrigation and its impact on irrigation efficiency and drought induced loss of crop productivity: A Study of Andhra Pradesh in India
Stephane Verani Federal Reserve Board Self-fulfilling Runs: Evidence from the U.S. Life Insurance Industry
Yoosoon Chang Indiana University Bloomington A structural investigation of monetary policy shifts
Yves Zenou Monash University Crime, Broken Families and Punishment
Anne Gielen Erasmus University Rotterdam Intergenerational Spillovers in Disability Insurance
Daniel Tregeagle University of California, Berkeley The Optimal Management of Orchards
Anandi Mani Oxford University Cognitive Droughts
Prabal Roy Chowdhury Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi MFI Competition in the presence of moneylenders: Theory and evidence

Conferences and workshops

We host and are involved in a number of conferences and workshops in the field of economics. Below is an outline of some of our recent activity.

14th Joint Economics Symposium of Six Leading East Asian Universities 

This unique symposium brings together academic economists from six esteemed univerisities within the Asia-Pacific region: Fudan University, Keio University, National Chengchi University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney and Yonsei University. The theme for the 14th symposium is 'Growth and Policy in an Era of Slowing Globalization'. The symposium will host keynote speaker, Doowon Lee (Yonsei University). 


Life Course Centre Mini Workshop 

This workshop will be presented by Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Simon Burgess (University of Bristol). 

4th Productivity Research Network Conference 

The theme for the 4th PRN conference is 'Productivity, Financial Constraints and Labour Decisions of SMEs'. This conference will host keynote speakers, Lin Tian (INSEAD), Joann Wilkie (NSW Department of Industry) and Warwick McKibbin (Australian National University).  

Sydney Workshop on Experimental Economics and Theory 

This workshop will host keynote speakers, Professor Onur Keston (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor Bettina Klaus (University of Lausanne), Professor Peter Moffatt (University of East Anglia) and Professor Andy Schotter (New York University). 

History of Economic Thought Society of Australia Conference 

This conference will host keynote speaker, Professor Fabio Petri (University of Siena). 

Life Course Centre Health Economics Workshop

This workshop will host speakers, Andrew Jones (University of York), Jenny Williams (University of Melbourne), Victoria Baranov (University of Melbourne) and Rebecca McKibbin (University of Sydney). 

Macroeconomic Reading Group Workshop 

Organizational Economics Summer Symposium 

The workshop will host keynote speaker, Kieron Meagher (Australian National University). 

CUHK Partnership Collaboration Award Workshop 

The second project workshop for this collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will focus on the theme, 'Evaluation of Environmental Effectiveness and Economics Efficiency of Incentive Based Instruments for Pollution Control in China and Australia'. 

Labour Econometrics Workshop

The School of Economics hosted the 21st Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW 2018) at the University of Sydney on 17-18 August 2018. This year’s keynote speakers were Associate Professor Jessica Pan (NUS) and Professor Colin A. Cameron (UC-Davis). 

Behavioural and Experimental Economics and Finance Workshop

Keynote speakers for this workshop included Mohammed Abdellaoui, HEC Paris, Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne, Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University and Keith Ericson, Boston University. 

Life Course Centre: Workshop on Intergenerational Disadvantage

Workshop on Development Economics

5th Continuing Education in Macroeconomics Workshop

Behavioural Economics: Foundations and Applied Research

4th Sydney Econometrics Research Group Workshop

11th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

10th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

4th Sydney Macro Reading Group Workshop

3rd Australasian Cliometrics Workshop

Workshop on Development Economics

Development Policy Workshop 'The role of the private sector in economic development: evidence, policy and practice'

Workshop on environmentally adjusted productivity and efficiency

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Enquiry