Sydney University Microeconometrics and Public Policy Working Group


Welcome to the Microeconometric and Public Policy (MPP) working group in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney!

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. This group includes Tiho Ancev, Kadir Atalay, Garry Barrett, Shyamal Chowdhury, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Nick de Roos, Rebecca Edwards, Hayley Fisher, Tim Fisher, Colm Harmon, Jian Hong, Kevin Schnepel, Stefanie Schurer, Katrien Stevens, Russell Toth, Agnieszka Tymula, David Ubilava, Jordi Vidal Robert, Marian Vidal-Fernandez, and Stephan Whelan. Other 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 Semester 1, 2017, please contact Katrien Stevens if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. You can also speak with Russell Toth, Garry Barrett, or Hayley Fisher in person.


Semester 1, 2017






3 March


12 - 1



10 March   12 - 1 426  
17 March Stephen Whelan 12 - 1 426 Intergenerational transfers and first time homeownership
24 March Kjell Salvanes 3.30 - 5.00 498 Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility
31 March Nathan Kettlewell 3.30 - 4.30 498  
7 April Maryam Nejad 12 - 1 426 The Human Capital Effects of Hosting Refugees: Evidence from Kagera
14 April no seminar - public holiday      
21 April mid-semester break      
28 April Sarah Dahmann 12 - 1 426 The protective (?) effect of education on mental health
5 May Ang Li 3.30 - 4.30 498 House prices and fertility
12 May No Seminar      
19 May Hayley Fisher 12 - 1 426 Costly cohabitation: the effect of extending divorce property division laws to unmarried cohabiting couples
26 May Katrien Stevens 12 - 1 426 Do Situational Crime Prevention Measures Result in the Displacement of Crime? A Quasi Experiment in Sydney
2 June Susan Thorp 3.30 - 4.30 498 Flexible long term care insurance: an experimental study of demand
7 July Prachi Singh 12 - 1 498 Natural Shocks and Marriage Patterns: The Case of Arsenic Exposure in Bangladesh