Exciting start to research in 2014

By Vanessa Holcombe

20 March, 2014

The research year in the School of Economics has started in earnest, 2 AHURI grants, an ARC Discovery Grant and an ARC Centre of Excellence, all commencing in 2014.

Professor Colm Harmon leads the Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, a $20 million project led by the University of Queensland. The Centre brings together researchers from the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia, as well as 17 other universities, colleges, institutions and organisations across Australia and internationally. The Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course aims will focus on the problem of persistent disadvantage experienced by many Australians, despite Australia’s growing national prosperity over the past two decades. Through basic, applied and translational research, the Centre hopes to reduce intergenerational and long-term disadvantage.  Through the maturation of longitudinal datasets and advanced data integration they will follow the journeys of Australian families over generations and across the life course. This data will provide evidence for new policies and make a real difference to the lives of children and families.

Dr Stephen Whelan and Dr Kadir Atalay commence their Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) grants this year. Dr Whelan’s $124, 609 project entitled “The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes” explores the role of intergenerational transfers on housing and related economic outcomes.  Dr Atalay’s project “House prices, mortgage debt and labour supply: evidence from Australian households” ($135, 022) analyses the relationship between labour supply and mortgage commitments in a life-cycle set up for Australian households.

Prof Garry Barrett, Colm Harmon and Stephen Whelan, along with researchers Michael Coelli (Melbourne), Erik A. Hanushek (Stanford), Stephen Donald (UTexas, Austin) and Craig Riddell (University of British Columbia) will commence work on their ARC Discovery Grant “Human Capital, Cognitive Skills and Labour Market Outcomes”. Awarded $397,000 from the ARC, the project will generate new knowledge on the relationship between education, skill attainment and economic outcomes in Australia, providing new empirical evidence on cognitive and non-cognitive skills formation over the life-cycle, and the relationship between these skills and labour market outcomes in Australia within the broader international context.

We look forward to a very productive research year ahead.

Contact:Vanessa Holcombe
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